Pop-up Globe re­turns for sum­mer

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A new Pop-up Globe sea­son will open in De­cem­ber, or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced.

But it never ac­tu­ally popped down this time around. The Popup Globe, a tem­po­rary re­con­struc­tion of Shake­speare’s orig­i­nal 17th cen­tury Globe The­atre was not dis­man­tled from its lo­ca­tion near Auck­land’s Eller­slie Race­course - and so will re­turn for a third sea­son in the same spot.

Con­ceived by Auck­land’s Dr Miles Gre­gory, it was first held in a city cen­tre car park be­fore mov­ing to its Eller­slie lo­ca­tion. Its pop­u­lar­ity has ex­panded over­seas and it is cur­rently play­ing a Mel­bourne sea­son.

The new sea­son will take on five dif­fer­ent Shake­speare plays - the com­edy A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream opens the sea­son on De­cem­ber 7, and is fol­lowed by Julius Cae­sar, the Mer­chant of Venice, The Com­edy of Er­rors and Mac­beth. No­tably, af­ter crit­i­cisms of past sea­sons that casts were heav­ily male-dom­i­nated, the pro­duc­tion of Julius Cae­sar will be gen­der-re­versed, with 11 fe­male and two male roles.

Gre­gory first con­ceived of the idea when he was read­ing his daugh­ter a pop-up book, which fea­tured Lon­don’s Globe The­atre. She asked if she could go to it, but from Auck­land that would take some do­ing. But the mo­ment in­spired a vi­sion that life­long Shake­speare scholar Gre­gory could just not let go of.

PETER MEECHAM/SUPPLIED

Pop-up Globe artis­tic direc­tor Dr Miles Gre­gory set up the the­atre af­ter read­ing his daugh­ter a pop-up book.

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