Globe trot­ting

Canning Gazette - - THEATRE - Tanya Mac­naughton

THE Pop-up Globe has ar­rived in Perth.

A team of 20 peo­ple will take four weeks and 16,000 in­di­vid­ual scaf­fold­ing com­po­nents to build the full-scale tem­po­rary work­ing replica of Shake­speare’s the­atre, the sec­ond Globe.

Founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor Dr Miles Gre­gory said Shake­speare’s sec­ond Globe (the first burnt down in Lon­don in 1613) changed the world when it was re­built in 1614.

The the­atre was fa­mous for its splen­dour and scale for 30 years be­fore it closed at the out­break of the English Civil War and was de­mol­ished to make way for apart­ments.

“We’ve built the the­atre five times, which means we’ve built more Globes than Shake­speare,” Dr Gre­gory said.

“Over 550,000 peo­ple have now had the ex­tra­or­di­nary ex­pe­ri­ence of see­ing Shake­speare’s plays per­formed in the style they were writ­ten, in the space they were writ­ten for.”

The project was orig­i­nally con­ceived in Auck­land as a fun way to com­mem­o­rate the 400th an­niver­sary of Shake­speare’s death, but was so suc­cess­ful Dr Gre­gory and his team de­cided to see how far it could go.

“Perth is the fur­thest it’s been and bring­ing it here has been a huge lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge for us,” Dr Gre­gory said.

“Perth is a city that de­serves the best arts and cul­ture on of­fer but it can be dif­fi­cult be­cause of its geo­graphic lo­ca­tion, so we were over­joyed when we heard it was go­ing to be pos­si­ble.”

Pop-up Globe is at Crown Perth from Oc­to­ber 5 fea­tur­ing pro­duc­tions of Ham­let, Twelfth Night, Mea­sure for Mea­sure and A Mid­sum­mer Night’s


“The four plays we’ve cho­sen for this sea­son rep­re­sent a broad spec­trum of Shake­speare’s work,” Dr Gre­gory said.

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