The Pop Up Globe is back in Auckland offering a distinctly Kiwi twist on some of Shakespeare's finest works.

The season opens tomorrow with Shakespeare's comic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The production, directed by Pop up Globe's artistic director and founder Dr Miles Gregory, fuses spectacular Jacobean costumes with Maori folklore.

Te reo-speaking fairies dressed in traditional costumes wreak havoc on four lovers who flee to the forest while a band of typical Kiwi tradies, who secretly meet to indulge their love of amateur drama, get caught up in the crossfire.


Jason Te Kare plays Oberon in the performance and Reuben Butler is Puck.

Based on the performance tradition of 1614, the Buckingham's Company are Pop-up Globe's resident all-male company of actors and musicians, drawn from around the world.

Julius Caesar, The Merchant of Venice, The Comedy of Errors and Macbeth will be performed later in the season which runs from now until the end of February.

The Pop Up Globe has this year moved out of the central city and has been erected at Ellerslie Racecourse.