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New Dates Announced Due To Extraordinary Demand

NEW DATES ANNOUNCED DUE
TO EXTRAORDINARY DEMAND

24 EXTRA SHOWS ON SALE TODAY @ EVENTFINDA
 
Uproarious comedy Much Ado About Nothing
Bloody war story Henry V
Psychological thriller Othello
Legendary pastoral comedy As You Like It
 
Due to extraordinary demand for tickets to POP-UP GLOBE’s 2017 season of Shakespeare, promoters announce that 24 new shows have gone on sale today.
 
This means that fans will now be able to secure the very best seats to the four new productions -- Much Ado About Nothing, Henry V, Othello and As You Like It – to the world’s first temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.
 
Today is also significant in that POP-UP GLOBE has started to rise out of the ground. After two weeks of earthworks at POP-UP GLOBE’S new location at Shakespeare Gardens in Ellerslie Racecourse, the three-storey  project is starting to take shape. With over 90 people involved in the project, POP-UP GLOBE is one of the greatest success stories in New Zealand theatre history. Download construction photos here
 
Season 1 saw over 100,000 tickets sold and Season 2 is on track to do even more and the theatre will be even more spectacular, featuring a Jacobean-style stage front, hand-painted ceiling, and a new, larger stage.
 
It will also feature one of our most treasured actors, Whale Rider star Rawiri Paratene ONZM. With a career spanning more than four decades and a CV that ranges from Footroot Flats to Shakespeare, Paratene is charged with bringing the Duke of Exeter to life in Henry V. Once a Playschool presenter, he spent much of his career performing The Bard’s works around the world, as well as writing and performing in two dozen (at least) television dramas, comedies and telefeatures.
 
The cast will also include Shortland Street heartthrob TeKohe Tuhaka, Zoolander 2 and Sparticus actor Antonio Te Maioha, and Edward Newborn from The Waterhorse.
 
Some of the Season 1 favourites at POP-UP GLOBE will be returning. They include Jonny Tynan Moss (Romeo), Stanley Jackson (Malvolio 12th Night & Mercutio R&J) and Stephen Butterworth (Capulet R&J & Maria 12th Night).
 
Built to the same dimensions as the first Pop-up Globe by award winning build partner CamelSpace and with an interior based on ground breaking new research, the new Pop-up Globe features a stunning three-storey Jacobean-inspired stage front, known to Shakespeare scholars as the Frons Scaenae.
 
Designed after months of research, the huge stage front will be built and painted entirely by hand, feature Jacobean imagery and architectural detailing, have two balconies, and be topped by an elaborately painted stage ceiling. Other improvements include an even larger stage, and two new luxury rooms adjacent the stage each hosting up to six guests.
 
“We’re planning to do much more than pop up again,” says Dr Gregory. “We want to delight our audiences with an experience that gets us even closer to the atmosphere at the second Globe 400 years ago. We’ve challenged ourselves to make the new Pop-up Globe even better than the first.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
“The new Pop-up Globe will be a jewel - one of the most amazing temporary theatres ever created,” says Dr Gregory.
 
The theatre will pop up in a beautiful garden setting at Ellerslie Racecourse. “We’re delighted to be at Ellerslie. Our audiences will enjoy an on-site pop-up bar and restaurant throughout the season, access to the extensive hospitality facilities for groups and functions, and the convenience of Ellerslie’s proximity to the city and major transport links.”
 
The season will feature two casts presenting four new productions: Shakespeare’s uproarious comedy ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, bloody war story ‘Henry V’, psychological thriller ‘Othello’, and legendary pastoral comedy ‘As You Like It’.
 
Critically acclaimed directors Dr Gregory and Ben Naylor return and are joined by local star Miriama McDowell and UK comedy specialist Tom Mallaburn, working with an international ensemble of over thirty professional actors.
 
The 2017 season will run from February 23 to May 14. Tickets are on sale via Eventfinda and at popupglobe.co.nz. Pop-up Globe sold out last time. It will again. Fans are urged to act quickly to avoid disappointment.
THE BUILD IN NUMBERS
50 screw piles inserted into the ground to support the concrete pads 
16 concrete pads (8in outer ring and 8 in inner ring)
The pads used 80 cubic meters of concrete (192meteric tons)
800 rods of steel with the cages in the (larger pads weighing around 1.75 tons)
They have been designed to be lifted away and removed when no longer required
Foundation build commenced the 20th December and completed 8th January working mostly through the holidays.
Approx. 16,000+ individual pieces of scaffold
94 metric ton of scaffold
60 tons of audience (+/- depending how much people ate over Christmas)
Foundations had over 50 people involved helping make them at different stages

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