Pop-up Globe

A replica of Shake­speare’s beloved Globe The­atre pops up in the cen­tre of Mel­bourne.

Time Out (Melbourne) - - Arts & Cul­ture - By Dee Jef­fer­son

THIS SUM­MER YOU’LL be able to see Shake­speare’s plays in the en­vi­ron­ment they were cre­ated for: a round, 900-seat, three-storey venue, par­tially open to the sky, where no mem­ber of the au­di­ence is more than 15 me­tres from the stage. This small mir­a­cle comes cour­tesy of New Zealand-based ven­ture Pop-up Globe, who have cre­ated an anatom­i­cally cor­rect full-scale model of the Sec­ond Globe (the one built circa 1614, af­ter the first one burned down) based on de­tailed re­search un­der­taken by Tim Fitz­patrick and Rus­sell Emer­son of the Univer­sity of Sydney. The com­pany opened their first sea­son in Au­gust 2016 – and have sold more than 200,000 tick­ets so far across two sea­sons in Auck­land. Four ex­ist­ing Pop-up Globe pro­duc­tions will fea­ture in the Mel­bourne sea­son, per­formed by an en­sem­ble from Aus­tralia and beyond: As You Like It, Much Ado About Noth­ing, Othello and Henry V. These will be per­formed in nat­u­ral light, with un­am­pli­fied sound, in pe­riod cos­tume. “What it is re­ally is a time ma­chine,” says founder and artis­tic direc­tor, Dr Miles Gregory. “When you walk into Pop-up Globe you feel like you are step­ping back in time 350 years, back to the south bank of the Thames. … I think ev­ery­one who at­tends this project will un­der­stand why Shake­speare is the great­est writer in the West­ern lit­er­ary canon; they’ll un­der­stand the in­cred­i­ble ex­cite­ment and magic of his shows, and they will have a trans­for­ma­tive ex­pe­ri­ence.” àthe Shake­speare Gardens, Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl, Lin­lith­gow Ave, Mel­bourne 3000. pop­up­globe.com.au. $15-$304.67. Sep 21-Nov 12.

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