This month, see Shakespeare at the Globe…in Sydney!

A pop-up Globe Theatre in Moore Park, Sydney, is the world’s first full-scale temporary working replica of one of the greatest theatres in history: the Globe.

Their motto is ‘This Shakespeare isn’t dusty…it’s a party!’

It, then, is without surprise that performances for their spring Shakespeare Festival are selling out quickly for four different plays: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Macbeth and A Comedy of Errors.

HSC English texts

Two of these plays, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice, are on the new HSC syllabus for both Standard and Advanced English students. Macbeth is also commonly studied for Year 9 and 10 English students.

If you’re in the mood for springtime romance, A Midsummer Night’s Dream involves love triangles, fairies, and a triple wedding. The lesser known A Comedy of Errors is much more slapstick, with two pairs of twins leading to a lot of awkward cases of mistaken identity. For more serious viewing, The Merchant of Venice is known as a problem play, because although it is categorised as a comedy, the action hinges upon the racial discrimination against an old Jewish merchant called Shylock.

And if you want witches, ghosts and a civil war? Then the tragedy of Macbeth is for you.

A true replica of the Globe

This is seeing Shakespeare as it was always meant to be seen; as a noisy, carnival atmosphere, with booming voices in the open air.

You can order snacks to your table if you are booked into the ‘bums-on-seats’ galleries. This is where the nobles would have sat in Shakespeare’s day.

Or, if you want the authentic (and cheaper) experience, you can book a spot as a ‘Groundling’ in the pit. This, then, is where the working-classes would have spent a day’s wages to stand, laugh and heckle; They would even throw things at the actor if they didn’t like the play.

The full noble experience will set you back around $50 a ticket; where Mum and Dad can order wine and cheese. To go and heckle with your friends, the pit is more like $29 a ticket, with cheaper tickets for concessions.

See their website for more information about booking e-tickets.

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