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By Simon• 9 Jul 2019
Pop-up Globe has been delighting audiences in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney over the last five years with their fast-paced and lively productions of several of William Shakespeare’s finest works. For the first time, this July, they are heading to Wellington with two of the Bard’s finest plays, Measure for Measure and Hamlet. Whether it’s a wild comedy or Danish tragedy you’re after, here’s five reasons you should book your tickets now.
Hamlet is widely regarded as one of the greatest plays of all time. Easily one of Shakespeare’s most entertaining and dynamic plays, it is filled with famous characters and text, none more iconic than the essential ‘To be or not to be’ monologue. This tragic thriller is a story of revenge, with plenty of twists and turns in this ghost story to keep you on the edge of your seat. Whether this is your first or fifteenth time, Hamlet is a darkly comic play that always has something new to offer.
The Pop-up Globe has quickly established a reputation for its high production values. From opulent tailor-made Jacobean costumes to talented live musicians and a cast of actors from across the globe, you can be sure of a top-notch experience with both Measure for Measure and Hamlet. The scenic design has also been made to recreate the beautiful sets of the Auckland Pop-up Globe, which has itself been made to replicate Shakespeare’s second Globe Theatre.
When a young nun is compromised by a corrupt official, who offers to save her brother from being executed in return for sex, she has no idea where she can turn for help. In the midst of the Wellington winter, Measure for Measure promises a wild ride through a Vienna dominated by Mistress Overdone and her house of disrepute. With illegitimate children, sordid men and musical prison inmates, this all-singing, all-dancing cast promises an altogether different Shakespeare experience to most of his well-known works.
Inspired by their hugely successful Auckland seasons, this touring company are giving Wellington audiences a rare opportunity to get right up on the Opera House stage where the action takes place, through a limited number of on-stage seats at each performance. Just as in Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, these performers involve and acknowledge their audience, and you can be close enough to feel almost like you are part of proceedings with this truly special experience (be quick though, as most of these seats have already sold out!)
Ever since taking to the stage for the first time in 2016, the companies of the Pop-up Globe have been receiving widespread critical acclaim. From being described as ‘world-class’ to ‘the greatest night of theatre ever’, this is the first chance Wellington has to see what over half a million people have been enjoying. Measure for Measure and Hamlet promise two quite different, but equally entertaining nights at the Opera House by a hugely talented ensemble, celebrating one of the finest writers of all time.