A massive production will arrive in Perth later this year with the aim of returning Shakespeare to the people.
After delighting more than 500,000 punters in New Zealand and over east, Pop-up Globe will assemble on the grounds of Crown Perth from October 5.
The venue is a full-scale temporary replica of the Bard’s second Globe Theatre, the three-storey, 16-sided space where his most popular works were staged in the 1600s after the original theatre burnt down.
Founder and artistic director Miles Gregory told AAA the Perth season was the furthest destination for Pop-up Globe to date.
“We think that Pop-up Globe is the largest travelling production of its kind in the world,” he said.
“Not only do we build a massive 850-seat theatre but there are also 35 actors and musicians in the company, plus all the support staff. It’s a huge thing.”
The Perth season will include Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night and Measure for Measure; a bespoke mix just for local audiences.
Gregory said theatre showcased Shakespeare’s works the way they were originally intended.
“It’s worth coming for the building alone, but what makes it come alive are the performances,” he said.
“They are full of spectacle, they are faithful to Shakespeare’s text and they are fun.
“Going to a show at Pop-up Globe is an experience unlike any other. It’s almost like a sports event or a boxing match in that it’s very noisy and engaging. And we use a lot of blood, which spatters 6m from the stage.”
Gregory said there was a reason Shakespeare was so popular, 400 years on. “And it’s not because his works are boring,” he said.
“When they are performed properly with the right spirit, it is a remarkable experience.
“There are sword fights and comedy, but also the most beautiful poetry ever written. It’s that combination of high and low that has made his plays so enduring.”
Tickets, on sale now via Ticketmaster, are priced from $29 — something Gregory feels passionately about.
“It is accessible to people regardless of their economic situation,” he said