A full-scale temporary replica of the Shakespearean Globe Theatre will be built in Auckland, seating up to 900 people in a circular structure planned to be an exact copy of the original theatre in Britain. Pop-Up Globe artistic director Miles Gregory, formerly a regional producer for Globe London, and mayor Len Brown have just jointly announced the scheme for the three-level Pop-Up Globe in a council-owned carpark, now re-named Bard's Yard, behind the Q Theatre at 38 Greys Avenue. In April, Gregory said he planned to bring the Globe here and that it would cost about $450,000 to build, but no site was announced. Gregory confirmed that figure and said scaffolding business Camelspace would build the structure which would open on February 19 and close at the end of March "but it comes down to public demand, just like any show but we obviously hope it will run longer than that." The site has now been revealed as the small council-owned carpark behind the Town Hall and alongside entry ramps into the underground Civic Car Park beneath the Aotea Centre. Brown referred to Gregory's previous experience. "Initiated and launched here in Auckland, Pop-Up Globe is a chance for Kiwis to have a remarkable Shakespearian theatrical experience driven by a remarkable Kiwi bringing his skills and experiences back home, and a wonderful complement to the Auckland Arts Festival," Brown said. The scheme has been privately funded. "It's being funded by the promoters," Gregory said. "It's a commercial project so you hope it will be positive at the end." Plans are for the building will be dismantled and two Shakespearean dramas to be staged there have been announced today.
We were reading a pop-up book and one of the pop-ups was Shakespeare's Globe theatre. She said: 'Daddy, can we go out to that?'"With a steel frame skinned in plywood, Pop-Up Globe fuses cutting-edge scaffold technology with 400-year-old design," the statement said. The Herald reported in April how the Globe was heading to Auckland next year, "as the world marks 400 years since the playwright's death. A full-scale temporary pop-up theatre will be located in the central city and open to the public by early 2016," an article said then, quoting Gregory saying how the idea of a pop-up theatre came to him while reading a bedtime story to his now 5-year-old daughter, Nancy, about three years ago. "We were reading a pop-up book and one of the pop-ups was Shakespeare's Globe theatre. She said: 'Daddy, can we go out to that?' "I said: 'Well, actually, we can't.' So I thought afterwards: 'Wouldn't it be great to bring the theatre here?'" he said at the time. The current Globe in London, built in 1997, is based on the original theatre built in the 16th century which was home to many of Shakespeare's plays. See the location of the Globe replica theatre here: