Shakespeare - The Music At The Pop-Up Globe

Thursday 4 February 2016

From the collaborative producing team that brought you Fly My Pretties and Eru Dangerspiel, LOOP is proud to present 'Play On' at the Pop-up Globe in Auckland. Members of the FMP family will come together to attempt a world-first, Shakespeare - the music!

Tui-nominated songwriter and award-winning composer Paul McLaney will enlist the help of high-profile actors and musicians to perform 12 of Shakespeare's most well-loved soliloquies as a song cycle for a one-off show this April.

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and a group of ambitious Kiwis have recreated as faithfully as possible his original performance space to bring audiences the remarkable experience of being a part of Shakespeare’s own audience 400 years ago. Pop-up Globe is the world’s first faithful reconstruction the Globe Theatre.

For the only dedicated musical production during the Pop-up Globe season, Paul McLaney will be joined by a group of acclaimed musicians and actors featuring Julia Deans, Laughton Kora, Cameron Rhodes, Maisey Rika, Esther Stephens and Mara TK (Electric Wire Hustle). The group will perform alongside the EDIN string quartet and a three-piece acoustic band.

Laughton Kora and Julia Deans are no strangers to mixing acting and music and blew audiences away as members of the Jesus Christ Superstar cast in 2014. Esther Stephens is both an accomplished musician with her band Esther Stephens and the Means, and was recently seen by audiences on the TV series ‘Westside’, while Cameron Rhodes has appeared in over 80 theatrical productions in NZ, and was one of the cast members in the critically acclaimed 2014 film ‘Housebound’. Rounding out the cast and bringing two of New Zealand’s most beautiful and deep voices together are Maisey Rika and Mara TK.

400 years after the death of William Shakespeare, his work will be performed in a brand new way in a truly extraordinary setting. ‘Play On’ will be a one-off show which will not disappoint!