Shakespeare has always been a love/hate thing for me. I have always enjoyed the word play he uses, but it can be hard to enjoy the plays when you have to mentally translate Shakespearean into modern English.
When Pop-Up Globe announced that they were coming back to Auckland for a second season, I knew I had to give it a shot.
As You Like It is a comedy, that involves cross-dressing actors (as it is performed by an all-male cast) and characters. From the website, the play is summarised as:
The play was thoroughly hilarious and enjoyable. The actors were incredibly talented, having to be musicians, dancers, stunt artists and more, all while staying in character.
As to those who struggle with Shakespearean, you don’t have to worry. The play incorporates nods to modern pop culture (You’ll hear very familiar songs more than once) and Shakespeare’s puns are timeless.
The structure of the Pop-Up Globe was built to ensure that everyone is less than 15 metres away from the stage. But it can be hard to see every piece of the action from the back of the upper gallery, so I would recommend a front row seat in one of the galleries. If you’re up to it, a standing ticket as a Groundling will get you maximum interaction with the cast!
The Pop-up Globe was set up on the idea that performing Shakespeare’s plays in the original staging conditions is the best way to do it. This year, they return with As You Like It, Othello, Much Ado about Nothing and Henry V, with the theatre based at the Ellerslie Racecourse.