Ac­tors hyped for Pop-up globe sea­son

Auckland City Harbour News - - OUT & ABOUT - HUGH COLLINS

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.

* Be in the draw to win a dou­ble pass to As You Like It on March 13 by vis­it­ing the Auck­land Har­bour News Neigh­bourly page and com­ment­ing on the Pop-up Globe story post.

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