Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of the second Globe, the theatre Shakespeare and his company built and opened in 1614 after the first Globe theatre burned to the ground, is finally coming to Perth!
Pop-up Globe Founder and Artistic Director Dr Miles Gregory believes Shakespeare’s work performed in the space it is written for is a completely unique and transformative experience.
“Our audiences are blown away by the immersive experience of seeing Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written. The relationship between actor and audience, the spectacular space itself, together with the power of Shakespeare’s incredible work, means attending plays at Pop-up Globe is totally different from anything you’ve seen before,” says Gregory.
“This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party,” adds Gregory.
A festival of Shakespeare unlike Perth has ever seen.
Pop-up Globe is popping up at Crown Perth and presenting a festival of four stunning productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks. The strictly limited season opens October 9th.
Don’t miss the blood-soaked tragedy Hamlet, magical fantasy A Midsummer Night’s Dream, challenging comedy Measure for Measure, and laugh-out-loud Twelfth Night.
Perth audiences can expect to see battles, hundreds of litres of fake blood, stage acrobatics and more than 450 beautiful bespoke period costumes pieces specially constructed by Pop-up Globe’s in-house wardrobe department. Capped with an onion dome, Pop-up Globe will be a remarkable feature in the Perth cityscape, just as the second Globe was in London.
“The best night of theatre ever” – Australian Stage
The audacious project was originally planned as a one-off in Auckland to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 2016. Created entirely from scratch by an international company and cast in under 18 months, Pop-up Globe took the city by storm welcoming over 100,000 New Zealand attendances and in a season extended twice by popular demand.
Following hot on the heels of this initial sell-out success, a critically-acclaimed second season in 2017 entertained another 100,000 people. The phenomenon resulted in international interest from leading promoters and representatives from cities around the world who travelled to New Zealand to witness it for themselves.
Pop-up Globe was thrilled to make its international debut in Melbourne in 2017, swiftly followed by a Sydney season in 2018. Both critically-acclaimed seasons delighted audiences and were extended due to popular demand.
After selling 550,000 tickets in just two and a half years Pop-up Globe is delighted to finally be popping up in Perth.
“We can’t wait to welcome Perth audiences to Pop-up Globe to experience Shakespeare in the space for which it was written,” says Dr Gregory.