The Scottish Play

“By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes.” – Macbeth Act IV, Scene I

It’s nearly 30 degrees Celsius with 100% humidity here in NZ at the moment.  It’s muggy, my washing won’t dry, and my awesome weekend plans got washed away like the rain in a drain. So to take comfort, I decided to treat myself to an evening of murder, tyranny, and political ambition.

The Pop Up Globe in Auckland is a temporary replica of Shakespeare’s Globe in London – which is a permanent replica of the Elizabethan era Globe Theatre. While I’ve been to the London venue a few times (always as a groundling with £5 tickets), this was the first time I had been to the Auckland venue.

The season for the Pop Up Globe runs throughout the summer, and this weekend’s offerings were Macbeth, or a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream.

I opted for Macbeth, which as one of the darker Shakespeare plays is one of my favourites. And also because I didn’t have to study it at school (which forever ruined a Mid-Summer Night’s Dream for me).

This production of Macbeth was excellent. Bawdy and funny (in places), there was also a good amount of fake blood splashing out all over the groundlings.  Incidentally, the heavy rain meant that for the first time I wimped out of being a groundling and went for the seated area instead – so remained dry and blood splatter free for the evening. I also treated myself to a glass of the aptly named King’s Wrath Pinot Noir (pictured), which was pretty yum too.

Anyway, the season is running until the beginning of April, and groundling tickets start at just $10, and I have my eye on A Comedy of Errors and Julius Caesar next. More info:

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

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