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Pop-Up Globe is back!

“Support for Pop-up Globe has been so overwhelming it’s clear we have to pop up again,”
Dr Miles Gregory, Pop-up Globe artistic director and founder.


Four new productions

Brand new location

Groundbreaking new theatre design

Tickets on sale NOW

After a twice-extended debut season that sold over 100,000 tickets including 20,000 to school students, POP-UP GLOBE today announces it will return in 2017.

“We’re planning to do much more than pop up again,” says Pop-up Globe artistic director and founder Dr Miles 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.”

Four new productions of Shakespeare’s masterpieces by the critically acclaimed Pop-up Globe Theatre Company will be staged in the new and improved theatre, set in the beautiful gardens at Ellerslie Racecourse.

The 2017 season will run from February 23 to May 14. Tickets are on sale today at 1pm via Eventfinda and at Pop-up Globe sold out last time. It will again. Fans are urged to act quickly to avoid disappointment.

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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.

“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.

“Over 1100 people from as far away as Russia and South America have applied for a place in our acting ensemble” says Gregory. “We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of interest in the project”.

A new club, “Shakespeare’s Circle”, offers members benefits including exclusive invitations to events around the season and to enjoy the performances from special private rooms for just two people, built into the new stage front itself.

Pop-up Globe will be welcoming back schools with even more special school matinees to each of the four Pop-up Globe Theatre Company productions.

The 2017 season will run from February 23 to May 14. Ticketing via Eventfinda and

Advance prices are in place until November 15 and offer 10% discount on A, B, C and D Reserve tickets. Pop-up Globe also offers a 20% discount for purchases of A-D Reserve tickets for three or more Pop-up Globe productions in the same booking.

Tickets and Shakespeare’s Circle memberships on sale now at and via Eventfinda.

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