MUCH ADO IN MEL­BOURNE

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

Last year, Eng­land cel­e­brated the 400th an­niver­sary of the death of its most fa­mous play­wright, Wil­liam Shake­speare. Now, Mel­bourne is count­ing down the days un­til a full-scale tem­po­rary work­ing replica of Shake­speare’s Globe theatre ap­pears in the Royal Botanical Gar­dens to take the­atre­go­ers back in time.

A trav­el­ling fes­ti­val of four plays – As You Like It, Much Ado About Noth­ing, Othello and Henry V – will run from Septem­ber 21 to Novem­ber 12 in the Pop-Up Globe.

Set up near the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl, the three-storey, 16-sided, 900per­son theatre is based on the de­sign of the sec­ond Shake­speare’s Globe built in 1614 in South­wark af­ter the first theatre burned down in 1613.

The pro­ject orig­i­nated in Auck­land last year to mark the Shake­speare an­niver­sary and it at­tracted about 100,000 peo­ple. More than 30,000 tick­ets have been sold al­ready for the shows in Mel­bourne. POPUPGLOBE.COM.AU

IN­FIN­ITY AND BE­YOND

Fans of Buzz Lightyear, Woody the cow­boy and com­pany will be keen to visit the most re­cently an­nounced ad­di­tion to Walt Dis­ney World Re­sort in Florida.

Toy Story Land, a mag­i­cal new land lo­cated in the larger-than-life set­ting of Andy’s back­yard, is to open at the theme park next US sum­mer.

There, guests will think they’ve been shrunk to the size of Woody and Buzz as they are sur­rounded by over­sized toys from the blockbuster an­i­mated movie. The 4ha new land fea­tures two new at­trac­tions along­side gi­ant build­ing blocks, game board pieces and the toys and char­ac­ters of the beloved Toy Story movies.

Slinky Dog Dash will be a fam­ily coaster at­trac­tion and Alien Swirling Saucers fea­tures the fa­mous lit­tle green aliens from the movie.

ONE-STOP COOL

The team be­hind Syd­ney’s Reuben Hills cafe, Paramount Cof­fee Pro­ject, Seven Seeds and Bondi Hall are turn­ing their cre­ative tal­ents to a ho­tel. The 29-bed­room Paramount House Ho­tel is set to open early next year on Com­mon­wealth St, on the bor­der of the city and Surry Hills, as a “neigh­bour­hood ho­tel” de­liv­er­ing a “rich, lay­ered, lo­cal ex­pe­ri­ence”.

It will strad­dle two newly con­nected build­ings, with the ho­tel’s en­trance and lobby in­side Paramount House (orig­i­nally built to be the Aus­tralian head­quar­ters of Paramount Pic­ture Stu­dios).

Along with guest rooms, a dining con­cept from the team be­hind Ester restau­rant will be in the ad­join­ing 76 Com­mon­wealth St, Paramount’s for­mer film stor­age ware­house.

Most of the bed­rooms will have a ter­race space and Ae­sop prod­ucts will grace the bath­rooms. PARAMOUNTHOUSEHOTEL.COM

YARRA VAL­LEY GATE­WAY

Mel­bourne is also get­ting a new ho­tel, but sooner and on the fringes of the city.

Sage Ho­tel Ring­wood, set on top of East­land Shop­ping Cen­tre in Ring­wood, will open in Oc­to­ber in a sub­urb con­sid­ered a gate­way to the Yarra Val­ley and all its scenic and gourmet at­trac­tions.

The 120-room ho­tel’s Par­take restau­rant and High & Dry Bar will also show­case Yarra Val­ley pro­duce and wine and spir­its from lo­cal winer­ies, brew­eries and dis­til­leries.

PIC­TURE: SUP­PLIED

The Pop-Up Globe theatre in Mel­bourne will be the venue for Shake­speare’s plays from Septem­ber 21 to Novem­ber 12.

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