Shakespeare Pops Up in Auckland
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London Globe Theatre
A ‘pop-up’ theatre is under construction in central Auckland as the venue for a season of William Shakespeare’s plays. This ‘temporary’ structure marks the 400th anniversary of the famous English playwright.
The Pop-Up Globe Theatre is an exact replica of the 17th century circular theatre built on the south bank of the River Thames in London, England. The circular structure was the venue for which many of Shakespeare’s plays were specifically written.
Auckland Pop-Up Globe Theatre
The Auckland ‘Pop-up’ Globe is a temporary working replica of the second Globe Theatre, which was built on the ruins of the first Globe in 1614. In 1997 a modern replica of the Globe Theatre was built in London a short distance from the site of the original. To accommodate the dimensions of the contemporary theatre, this is a slightly bigger structure, but the spirit of it, and the way it functions, is the essentially the same.
The steel-framed and plywood-skinned theatre will literally pop up behind Auckland central’s Aotea Square, and will stage a rich menu of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies and romances, then disappear again in April.
The Auckland Pop-Up Globe Theatre Programme opens on 19 February with the tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Along with Shakespeare’s comedy Twelfth Night, the shows will be presented by the Pop-up Globe Theatre Company.
Auckland is expecting many out of town visitors for this special event and accommodation is likely to be at a premium.