Here’s your chance to step back in time and experience Shakespeare’s plays as they were meant to be performed, with unamplified sound, no Leonardo diCaprio in sight and men playing women’s roles. (OK, there will be women too — we are in the 21st century.)
The full-scale replica of the second Globe Theatre (the first burned down in 1613), which was dismantled in the mid-17th century, is setting up home in Sydney after a successful stint in Melbourne and Auckland. It’s a 16-sided polygon with three storeys and boasts a 900-seat capacity where no seat is more the 15 metres from the stage.
Check out the construction of the Melbourne Globe last year:
So far, the program is still forthcoming, but Melbourne audiences were treated to Henry V, Othello, As You Like It and Much Ado About Nothing. And if the sell-out Melbourne season is anything to go by, ‘groundling’ tickets, which are standing room tickets at the front of the stage, start from $20. These are the ones to go for if you enjoy being splashed by a bit of fake blood during gory scenes.
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