In many ways it’s slightly unfair that William Shakespeare got to all the cool plotlines and mastered them all the way back in the 16th century, leaving us schmucks to pick up the pieces with our comparatively dodgy screenplays. The good news is that we can still watch his original plays in all their glory – and now we gets to see it as the Bard himself no doubt intended: in Sydney.
Pop-up Globe, the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s own theatre, the second Globe, will team up with Live Nation to bring the whole shebang to Sydney, after a very successful run in Melbourne last year.
Yes, we’re talking a three-story, 16-sided, 900-person capacity theatre which is shipped around the globe – ahem – to bring the wonder of Shakespeare to us all. And this isn’t stuffy, boring Shakespeare. This is how he was originally received by the proles standing in the original Globe in London: a raucous, fun time.
“This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party,” says project originator Miles Gregory. “It is bawdy, hilarious, brutal and blood-soaked.”
We’ll be lucky enough to see some of Shakespeare’s best plays: the classic comedies A Midsummer Night’s Dream and A Comedy of Errors, the thrilling Merchant of Venice, and the eternally tragic Macbeth.
It’s all going down later this year at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park. Keen to get some culture in ya? Buy tickets over at Ticketmaster.
You can read more over at their website. Or you can pick up one of those big heavy Shakespeare compendiums and get some learning into that big brain of yours.