Having entertained over 600,000 people in three years, Pop-up Globe today announces that it will be open for business in Auckland this winter for the very first time, with a new festival of performance through July and August. Pop-up Globe is proud to be an event partner of Elemental AKL, Auckland’s newest winter festival.
The 2019 Winter Festival starts on 8 July and features a line-up of six shows including a brand new full-scale production of the hilarious comedy Twelfth Night.
In another first for the theatre, Pop-up Globe has teamed up with The Stage Company to commission and co-produce The Children’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, bringing the magic of Shakespeare to life for young people in a one-hour-long family-fun production that will play daily during the July school holidays.
The hit summer shows Measure for Measure and Hamlet will also return for strictly limited seasons in August, giving audiences another opportunity to see these critically-acclaimed productions before they continue to tour New Zealand.
And finally, the Pop-up Globe Youth Theatre Company, made up of young people aged 15-24, present their debut production, the pop-comedy The Two Gentlemen Of Verona, under the direction of Rita Stone. This new company offers young people the chance to work with the professional team at Pop-up Globe, opening up the theatre’s stage and expertise to a new generation of theatre makers.
All shows in the festival are performed in the beautiful surroundings of the Pop-up Globe playhouse — the world’s first working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.
The theatre’s now better than ever, with improved acoustics, new lavish boxes surrounding the stage, and a spectacular winter roof over the yard of the theatre, making it an all-weather venue.
Pop-up Globe’s new seasonal roof, which was commissioned by Pop-up Globe from specialist Whangarei-based firm Fabric Structures Ltd, is a specially designed canvas structure that is lavishly decorated with a hand-painted sky-design incorporating native New Zealand birds flying to the heavens. It will provide shelter from the elements to the yard area of the theatre, allowing the theatre to be used year-round.