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Pop-up Globe – Five Masterpieces, One Amazing Playhouse

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Pop-up Globe – Five Masterpieces, One Amazing Playhouse

Tickets to five of Shakespeare’s greatest masterpieces performed in one extraordinary venue go on sale to the general public today. Create history with us. Are you ready for our next journey?

Shakespeare like it’s 1614: A Midsummer Night’s Dream | The Merchant of Venice | Macbeth | The Comedy of Errors | Julius Caesar

‘The best night of theatre ever’ – Australian Stage

‘*****’ – Limelight Magazine
‘Mind-blowing’ – The Australian

All five plays are available at earlybird prices for just one week until midnight on 7 November (offer excludes Groundlings GA tickets).

And for those who want to enjoy the experience more than once, we’re offering a 20% discount on the purchase of two or more plays.

Founder and artistic director Dr Miles Gregory says he’s thrilled to be returning to New Zealand with the hottest programme of Shakespeare’s plays to be performed at Pop-up Globe to date.

“Our third season will be even better than before,” says Dr Gregory. “If you thought Seasons 1 & 2 were off the scale, our next instalment will blow your mind.”

Better special effects, more laughter, more battles and blood. More elaborate sets and costumes. More productions. More comfortable seating. And of course, more of the storytelling. Join us on an adventure to discover the lost secrets of the greatest theatre in history, Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.

Pop-up Globe is a world-first. A three-storey, 16-sided, 900-person capacity theatre, replicating exactly the dimensions of the second Globe Theatre. It unites cutting-edge scaffold technology with a 400-year-old design to transport audiences back in time. No matter where they sit or stand in the theatre, audience members are never more than 15 metres from the heart of the action on stage. Sometimes they’ll even find themselves in the play.

Hop aboard our time machine this summer for a journey back to 1614 to see Shakespeare’s plays performed in the space for which they were intended. Here’s what you’ll see there:
A Midsummer Night’s Dream, from 7 December

Justly regarded as Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night’s Dream enchants audiences with a brilliant mix of hilarious comedy and beautiful poetry. See Pop-up Globe’s all-male King’s Company in beautiful bespoke costumes transport you to an enchanted world where anything is possible and nothing is what it seems.
Director: Dr Miles Gregory
Julius Caesar from 11 January

In a world where ambitious politicians vie for the ultimate prize, sometimes the only way to stop your rival is by revolution. But what is the price of revolt? Shining a mirror on dirty politics, Pop-up Globe’s gender-reversed Pembroke’s Company draws back the veil to show the darkness within in the gripping tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Director: Rita Stone

The Merchant of Venice from 12 January

Friendship, forbidden love, cunning disguises and ancient rivalry build to a nail-biting conclusion in Shakespeare’s most controversial comedy, The Merchant of Venice. Witness Pop-up Globe’s all-male King’s Company take on this powerful and gripping drama.
Director: David Lawrence
Macbeth from 8 February

A haunting and timeless tragedy that explores the darkest corners of the human mind set in a world where the supernatural is real and the quickest way to the top is by murder. Macbeth, presented by Pop-up Globe’s mixed Queen’s Company sees darkness, chaos and conflict unfold.
Director: Tom Mallaburn
The Comedy of Errors from 22 February

Presented by Pop-up Globe’s mixed Queen’s Company, Shakespeare’s most hilarious farce The Comedy of Errors brings together two sets of twins in a wild romp. See chaotic confusion and unlikely plot twists come together in a side-splitting finale that cannot be missed.
Director: Dr Miles Gregory
This isn’t dusty old Shakespeare. This is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and bloodsoaked. Pop-up Globe will pop down. Enjoy it while it’s up.

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