Celebrate 2015 theatre highlights at Globe Awards
With 25 productions viewed in 2015 for this year’s Globe Awards on Friday, February 26, there’s much to celebrate.
The jury panel of adjudicators enjoyed the hospitality of 19 theatre companies or societies, experiencing a vast and exciting array of theatre.
A spectacular opening to the year with an outdoor metatheatrical circus themed Shakespearean King Lear finally ended with a rocking world premiere of the musical Aotearoa – A NZ Rock Musical.
The popularity of Shakespeare also allowed audiences to see Henry V and Antony and Cleopatra. Stage versions of TV shows were popular with the presence of ’Allo, ‘Allo and The Vicar of Dibley as were stage performances of the Disney films Peter Pan and Beauty and the Beast. The panel also saw Badjelly (based on Spike Milligan), Eating the Wolf and Lashings of Whipped Cream. They were delighted to experience a number of new, original and innovative theatrical productions including Twelve in a Box, We Made This, Borscht, and the eight short plays in Bites.
Comedy was not overlooked with the most entertaining being In At the Deep End, Dirty Dusting, Any Body At Home? Families and younger audiences weren’t overlooked either with Beauty and the Beast, Badjelly the Witch (two productions by two different theatre companies) Muppet Mayhem, Disney Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast and The Grunch Musical.
No theatre scene is complete without musicals and 2015 was no exception with audiences spoiled for choice. Ranging from rock opera through to contemporary and fantasy, the musicals were Evita, MAMMA MIA!, British Invasion, Aotearoa – A NZ Rock Musical, Disney Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, The Grunch Musical and The Addams Family.
Globe manager Bruce Warwick is retiring and The Globe Awards will be an opportunity for the theatre community to celebrate, acknowledge and thank him for his incredible contribution.
The $35 tickets for the February 26 event are available online www.globetheatre.co.nz or at the Globe Theatre, Main Street, 10am – 2pm weekdays.
The ticket includes admission to the Globe Awards, canape´s during interval, entertainment from the stage and during interval plus party afterwards with live music in the foyer.