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Auckland's Pop-up Globe Returns for Third Season in December

Published: Wed 27 Sep 2017 12:26 PM
Pop-up Globe is Back - Season 3 Announced - Starts This December
Shakespeare like it’s 1614
Five new plays: A Midsummer Night's Dream | The Merchant of Venice | Macbeth | The Comedy of Errors | Julius Caesar
Create history with us. Are you ready for our next journey?
Thanks to your extraordinary support, the theatre company currently taking Melbourne by storm is returning to Auckland for a brand-new season at Pop-up Globe.
This summer, join us on an adventure to discover the lost secrets of the greatest theatre in history, Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.
Today we can announce that Pop-up Globe has been given permission to stay popped up in Auckland and continue the adventure to rediscover the extraordinary experience of Shakespeare like it’s 1614. Better special effects, more laughter, more battles and blood. More elaborate sets and costumes. More productions. And of course, more of the storytelling of Shakespeare’s masterworks.
From 7 December, Pop-up Globe will roar back into life at Shakespeare Gardens at Ellerslie Racecourse – the location of 100,000 attendances earlier this year. We’ll be presenting five new productions of Shakespeare’s most popular plays to thrill audiences all summer long. Fans and Pop-up Globe first timers will enjoy this third season alike.
It will begin with one of the greatest stage comedies of all time, A Midsummer Night's Dream -- Shakespeare’s take on love and obsession, directed by Pop-up Globe artistic director and founder Dr Miles Gregory and featuring specialist actors from the Kings Company. There will be 10 special evening performances in the lead up to Christmas.
Opening on 11 January is the tragedy Julius Caesar by Pembroke's Company -- a new company of 11 women and 2 men performing a gender-reversed Julius Caesar; and the very next day, the dark comedy The Merchant of Venice, to be performed in repertory by the Kings Company.
Rounding out this extraordinary festival will be the tragedy Macbeth and the farce, The Comedy of Errors, with dates to be announced.
This isn’t dusty old Shakespeare. This is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and bloodsoaked.
Pop-up Globe will pop down. Enjoy it while it's up.
The games afoot...
ENDS

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