The Pop-up Globe is temporary replica of the second Globe Theatre in Auckland hosting a season of Shakespeare’s plays.
This year it is 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. The first Globe Theatre was built on the south bank of the River Thames in London in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men (a company Shakespeare wrote many of his plays for). On June 29 1613, during a production of Henry VIII it burned down when the roof caught fire after a theatrical cannon misfired.
The second globe theatre was built a year later and stood until 1642 when all of London’s theatres were closed due to the English Civil War.
The Pop-Up Globe is a temporary full-scale replica of the second Globe Theatre, located in a carpark on Greys Ave, presenting a festival of Shakespeare plays during the months of February to April.
The three storey building includes Lord’s and Gentlemen’s rooms located on two levels directly behind the stage, and lower, middle and upper galleries with seating facing the stage.
The yard is where the most fun is to be had – the Groundlings are closest to the stage and get to interact with the actors, provided they don’t mind standing for the duration of the performance.
Over the weekend I saw the Pop-Up Globe Theatre Company productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet. Twelfth Night followed the tradition of Shakespearean times with male members of the company playing the female roles. Christel Chapman (Juliet), Miriama McDowell (Lady Capulet) and Carmel McGlone (Lady Montague / Nurse) joined the company for Romeo & Juliet.
I also saw the AUSA Outdoor Summer Shakespeare production of The Tempest with Lisa Harrow, who has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company, as Prospero.
Last night I saw an all female version of Henry V.
Other productions during the season include an all female version of Hamlet, the Young Auckland Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Adoe About Nothing, Titus a contemporary reworking of Titus Andronicus with seven young male actors and Antony & Cleopatra.