About Pop-up Globe

Pop-up Globe is the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe, based on over a decade of academic research.

Pop-up Globe is a three-storey, 16-sided, 700-person capacity theatre.  It unites cutting-edge scaffold technology with a 400-year old design to transport audiences back in time to experience Shakespeare’s masterworks in the space for which they were written.  The theatre is constructed from over 100 tonnes of scaffolding, skinned with corrugated iron, with a huge double-gabled roof topped by a distinctive onion dome. The 106sqm stage stretches out into the yard and thanks to the original design of the theatre, wherever audience members sit or stand, they are never more than 15 metres from the stage.

By working with international experts in Shakespearean performance, Pop-up Globe recreates as accurately as possible the actual performance conditions of the second Globe theatre: live music and dance, ferocious fight sequences and spectacular effects, and direct address.  The theatre is completely unamplified, just as it was in 1614. Every performance ends with a rousing jig regardless of the genre of the play. The house lights remain on during evening performances, meaning the actors and audience always share the same space and experience – the audience are a vital part of the show.

Pop-up Globe reproduces the audience structure of a Jacobean playhouse.  If you want to be in the thick of the action, you can stand in the yard as a ‘groundling’; if you’d prefer a bit more shelter and to rest your feet, you can buy a seat in the lower, middle or upper galleries and get a full view of both actors and fellow audience members; and if you want luxury and comfort, you can purchase a seat in one of the Platinum Rooms opposite the stage.

The dimensions and exterior of Pop-up Globe replicate exactly ground-breaking research conducted by Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick* and Mr Russell Emerson* of the University of Sydney.  Its spectacular Jacobean interior is based on extensive research conducted by Pop-up Globe’s Research & Development team, including Dr Miles Gregory and David Lawrence, and realised by scenic designer John Charles and Head of Scenic Workshop Malcolm Dale.

The internal configuration and design of Pop-up Globe is the result of several different strands of ongoing research.  One of the huge advantages of being a temporary theatre is that Pop-up Globe is able to modify its elements and allow new learning and evidence to feed into its evolution.  Pop-up Globe’s Research & Development team continue to re-assess surviving contemporary material, to explore Jacobean art and architecture, to interrogate the plays themselves for clues, and to learn from our greatest assets, the building itself and our audiences’ reactions to our work.

* Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick, Pop-up Globe Founding Research Fellow, Honorary Associate University of Sydney

* Mr Russell Emerson, Pop-up Globe Founding Research Associate, University of Sydney