Actors hyped for Pop-up globe season
Stephen Butterworth feels the design of Shakespeare’s’ globe theatre compliments his acting well.
The St Mary’s Bay based actor is starring in two Shakespeare performances in the second iteration of Auckland’s Pop-up Globe theatre in Ellerslie.
An actor of 30 years, Butterworth will play ‘‘evil’’ character Duke Frederick in As You Like It.
He is one of five actors returning to the Pop-up Globe after a successful inaugural run in 2016 that saw the company’s season extended twice with more than 100,000 tickets sold.
Butterworth said he loved to utilise the round shape of the venue - a scale replica of London’s Second Globe Theatre where many of Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed.
‘‘I love working a crowd in the round, I love it, it’s just so exciting,’’ he said.
‘‘I think about where everybody is in this theatre and I think, those people haven’t seen me yet and I’ll look up there and give them a couple of lines.
‘‘You’re always on show when you’re on this stage.’’
Comedy As You Like It is a slightly different approach for Butterworth as he usually finds himself more suited to drama.
‘‘I actually am quite a funny guy but I do prefer the tragedies and the serious plays.
‘‘But I’m good at comedy apparently, I have really good comic timing apparently.’’
He said seeing a show in the globe would be an experience like no other because the audience would receive ‘‘direct address’’ from the actors.
‘‘You can respond freely, it’s like when they used to throw tomatoes and stuff.
‘‘Well people can still do that now if they want to, if they don’t like a character they could throw something at you.’’
Butterworth said the audience almost became part of the play.
‘‘It’s like a pub atmosphere and that sort of thing you don’t get anywhere else.’’
Butterworth will also appear as two characters in Henry V.
Actor Te Kohe Tuhaka, to play Othello, said this was his first full immersion into the world of Shakespeare. ’’For me personally it’s literally learning another language.
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