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Pop-up Globe – A Festival of Shakespeare

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Leave 2018 behind and party-eth like it’s 1614
Coming to Sydney after a successful stint in Melbourne, the Pop-up Globe allows you to experience Shakespeare like never before. A full-scale replica of the historic Globe Theatre in London, this circular playhouse with its onion dome will grace the Show Ring at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park.

Opening on 5 September, this epic festival of Shakespeare features the spectacular theatrical trickery of the Jacobean era with riotous comedy, gruesome battles, fake blood galore, hand-forged armoury, stage acrobatics, music, dance and more than 450 beautiful period costumes.

The Sydney season brings 4 critically-acclaimed productions to life, as follows-


Set in a world where the supernatural is real and the quickest way to the top is by murder, the haunting blood-soaked tragedy explores the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition and the darkest corners of the human mind with Macbeth's corrupt power play becoming his downfall.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Portraying the events surrounding the marriage of Theseus (Duke of Athens) to Hippolyta (former queen of the Amazons), this magical fantasy enchants audiences with its mix of comedy and poetry fusing amazing costumes, Maori folklore and language in an ancient forest to which four lovers have fled to escape a death sentence.

The Merchant of Venice

Most remembered for its dramatic scenes, Shakespeare's most controversial comedy is about friendship, forbidden love, cunning disguises and ancient hostility that culminates in a thrilling trial scene due to a loan being unable to be paid.

The Comedy of Errors

This laugh-out-loud slapstick brings together two sets of twins (who were accidentally separated at birth) in a wild romp through mistaken identity and chaotic confusion with some unlikely plot twists in a side-splitting finale. You wouldn't think it, exploring displacement and migration at the hands of outside forces, but this one will have you in stitches.

Casts from two acting companies – Buckingham's Company and Southampton's Company – each perform two of the productions in this 360 degree space without the use of microphones, as it was in 1614. The audience (no matter the seat) is never more than 15metres from the stage in this 3-storey venue with its 16 sides and 900-person capacity that unites cutting-edge scaffolding technology with 400-year-old design to transport you back in time.

History buffs and Shakespeare enthusiasts alike will appreciate this unique and immersive experience with the productions performed in the space they were written for. The relationship between the actors and audience, the space itself and the power of Shakespeare's work means attending plays at the Pop-up Globe is unlike anything you've seen.

Shows are on sale now with prices starting at $29. They're likely to sell out so get in quick and secure your tickets before they go.
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When: Morning & afternoon matinees plus evenings (check website)
Phone: 0419 977 649
Where: Entertainment Quarter, 122 Lang Rd, Moore Park
Cost: From $29
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