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Pop-up Globe Theatre

Pop-up Globe Theatre
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The Shakespeare Gardens, Ellerslie Racecourse, 80 Ascot Avenue, Ellerslie

Pop-up Globe is the world's first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare's theatre, the second Globe.

It first popped up in Auckland in February 2016, sold 100,000 tickets in a smash hit festival of Shakespeare that was extended twice due to popular demand, then disappeared.

Pop-up Globe returns to Auckland this summer with a stunning new theatre, a beautiful new garden setting, and four new productions of Shakespeare’s masterworks in a season that opens on 23 February 2017.

Pop-up Globe recreates as accurately as possible the actual performance conditions of second Globe theatre: live music and dance, ferocious fight sequences, direct address, and every show ends with a rousing jig. The house lights remain on during the evening performances, meaning the actors and audience always share the same space and experience – the audience is a vital part of the show.

Pop-up Globe reproduces the audience structure of a Jacobean playhouse: if you want to be in the thick of the action, you can stand in the yard as a ‘groundling’. If you want a bit more shelter and to rest your feet, you can buy a seat in the lower, middle or upper galleries and get a full view of both actors and fellow audience. If you want luxury and comfort, you can purchase a seat in one of the rooms above the stage, or for a really unique experience, book one of the two Royal Rooms adjacent to the stage.

Pop-up Globe fuses cutting-edge scaffold technology with 400-year old design. The building is constructed from over 100 tonnes of scaffolding skinned with corrugated iron. It is three storeys high, accommodates an audience of 900, and is topped by a distinctive ‘onion dome’. The 100sqm stage stretches out into the yard and wherever audience members sit or stand they are never further than 15 metres from the stage.

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