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Shakespeare’s theatre pop-up at Sidney Myer Music Bowl

Epic battles. Laugh-out-loud comedy. Dazzling special effects. Elaborate costumes, Spectacular dances. Sword fights in full suits of armour. This is Shakespeare like it's 1614.

The world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of history’s greatest theatres, the second Globe, will pop-up in Melbourne this September.

Following Pop-up Globe‘s resounding success in Auckland, New Zealand drawing over 200,000 attendances, the unique venue is making its international debut in Melbourne – being built behind Sidney Myer Music Bowl.

The first Globe stood for fourteen years until a disastrous fire demolished it in 1613. The second Globe was rebuilt on the same foundations by Shakespeare and his company significantly modifying the original first Globe to create what became one of the most famous theatres in history.

Today, Pop-up Globe uses as its historical reference point ground-breaking research by Associate Professor Tim Fitzpatrick and Russell Emerson of the University of Sydney to create the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of Shakespeare’s theatre, the second Globe.

Don’t miss the immersive experience of Shakespeare performed in the space for which it was written.

Whether you’re taking a friend, going on a date, a night out with family or looking for unique entertainment for a corporate group, Pop-up Globe is built to give you an immersive theatre experience like no other. The seating layout ensures every ticket holder will have an unforgettable experience.

Endless detailing has gone into the project, ensuring audiences are blown away by everything from the building, to the costumes and the music.

For its Melbourne season, Pop-up Globe brings with it a travelling festival of four critically acclaimed productions – the riotous comedy As You Like It, the uproarious rom-com Much Ado About Nothing, psychological thriller Othello and the bloody war epic Henry V.

Additionally, Melbourne audiences will be the first to see a specially-commissioned new show, Around the Globe in 60 Minutes!, which will thrust audiences into the maelstrom of history, allowing them to experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the incredible story of the second Globe Theatre.

This isn’t dusty Shakespeare. This is now. Alive. Like a party.

Event times

Pop-up Globe’s season will run from 21 September until 12 November 2017.

Book today to secure your tickets first.

Pop-up Globe

Sidney Myer Music Bowl

  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Othello
  • As You Like It
  • Henry V

What’s on at the Pop-up Globe – Sidney Myer Music Bowl

As You Like It

An all-singing-and-dancing cast of fifteen bring you Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy, As You Like It. Set in 1642, and with gorgeous costumes to match, this zany production by our all-male company – complete with human sheep, bone-crunching wrestling, live music and lyrical poetry – will have you crying with laughter.

Much Ado About Nothing

See the legendary Beatrice and Benedick as you’ve never seen them before in Shakespeare’s original ‘rom-com’, Much Ado About Nothing. You’ll laugh and cry from start to finish as they navigate their way to love in this hilarious production which turns Pop-up Globe into an uproarious house party.


Witness Shakespeare’s ultimate psychological thriller in Pop-up Globe’s production of Othello. Take a journey into the diseased mind of the noble Moor as he’s consumed by ‘the green-eyed monster’; jealousy. The twists and turns in this powerful and dark production will have you on the edge of your seat.

Henry V

Shakespeare’s tribute to one of history’s greatest leaders comes alive like an action movie. Be part of the English army as the heroic King Henry takes on the French army at Agincourt in the face of impossible odds. No knowledge of history is necessary to enjoy this immersive theatrical experience complete with spectacular and blood-thirsty battle sequences, performed by sixteen men in full armour wielding broadswords, longbows, garottes, cross-bows, bagpipes and a frying pan.

Around the Globe in 60 Minutes!

Step into history and experience the triumphs and disasters that tell the story of the second Globe Theatre: from the fascinating story of its construction by Shakespeare and company after the catastrophic mid-performance fire of 1613 to its decline and fall as the bloody English Civil War started in 1642. Along the way, expect to meet outrageous characters from its history, and to laugh, shout and cheer as a cast of five actors share the extraordinary tale of one of the greatest theatres in history: the second Globe.

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