Anthony Harper celebrates its sponsorship of the Pop-up Globe as naming rights sponsor for the last New Zealand season

August 29, 2019

Lythan Chapman Business Development and Marketing Manager

Today, the Pop-up Globe announced their final farewell season in New Zealand before they launch globally.

To celebrate our long-standing relationship with the Pop-up Globe, Anthony Harper has signed on as naming rights sponsor for this final season.

“We are delighted our sponsor Anthony Harper will be presenting our last NZ summer season,” Dr. Miles Gregory, Founder and Artistic Director of the Pop-up Globe says, “and
to celebrate the remarkable partnership between us, for this final season we are renaming our Auckland playhouse the Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe theatre.”

“Anthony Harper have sponsored the Pop-up Globe since its inception, before the theatre had even been erected,” Gregory states, “their faith in our company has grown deeper year on year and has resulted in one of the strongest arts partnerships in the country.”

Kicking off on 13 December, Pop-up Globe’s 2019/2020 season is a celebration of a momentous moment in an epic journey which has bought the gift of spectacular Shakespeare to over 350,000 New Zealanders and has employed 125 kiwi actors over a staggering 1,206 performances.

This will be the last chance for kiwis to experience Pop-up Globe, as the temporary Auckland theatre will be dismantled in 2020 and the company will then focus on international touring.

“Our sponsorship of the Pop-up Globe forms an important part of our firm’s commitment to give back to our community”, says Malcolm Hurley, Managing Partner of Anthony Harper. “Over these last few years hundreds of thousands of people have been to a show sponsored by us. It is something we are incredibly proud of.”

For the past two years this sponsorship has also been a finalist at the New Zealand Event Awards. Quite an achievement for a law firm!

The sponsorship has also led to the development of the Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe moot, a fabulous collaboration that has reached out to the universities of Auckland and Canterbury with great success. The Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe moot will return for a final moot in 2020.

Pop-up Globe’s farewell Auckland season, “The Summer of Love”, presented by Anthony Harper will feature a brand-new flagship production of Romeo & Juliet directed by Miles Gregory & the return of Miriama McDowell’s hugely popular Much Ado About Nothing.

Facts and Stats on the phenomenal success of Pop-up Globe over the last 4 years

  • 650,000+ attendances at Pop-up Globe and counting (Includes Auckland, NZ Tour & Australian shows).
  • 212 individual acting jobs created and filled by 125 different actors.
  • 8 different seasons have been staged (five in Auckland, two in Australia, plus a nationwide tour).
  • 17 brand new productions have been created in-house, and Pop-up Globe been host to 13 visiting productions/events.
  • To date there have been 1206 performances at Pop-up Globe.
  • The most popular productions, Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream, have both been performed 130 times each in NZ and Australia.
  • Pop-up Globe’s most capped player has given 549 performances. There are 13 other actors who have performed over 250 times on their stage.
  • The company has performed in 8 cities in New Zealand and 2 cities in Australia (soon 3 with upcoming Perth season) 1,000+ individual costume pieces have been created.

Awards

  • New Zealand Event Awards: Best Regional event 2016 & 2017
  • Winner of 8 Sydney BroadwayWorld.com theatre awards (28 Nominations)
  • Best Play – A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Best Director of a Play – Miles Gregory for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Best Costume Design – Bob Capocci & Shona Tawhiao for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Best Choreography – Brigid Costello for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Best Actor in a Play – Max Loban for A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Best Actress in a Play – Sarah Griffen for The Merchant of Venice
  • Best Supporting Actor in a Play – Chris Huntly-Turner for A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Pop-up Globe’s farewell season, “The Summer of Love” presented by Anthony Harper

Romeo and Juliet – Justly regarded as Shakespeare’s tragic masterpiece, Romeo and Juliet enchants audiences with a spell-binding mix of comedy, love, poetry and – ultimately – tragedy. This new production, directed by Pop-up Globe’s Artistic Director and founder Dr Miles Gregory, fuses spectacular Jacobean costumes with edgy contemporary street violence to create our flagship  production for the 2019/20 Pop-up Globe season.

Much Ado About Nothing – With a glorious South Pacific contemporary setting, and performed by a full cast in spectacular costumes that blend the past and present, Much Ado About Nothing is an invitation to a joyful and uproarious house party, combining live music, dance and performances by a specially formed international ensemble. This production is a revival of the critically- acclaimed 2017 Auckland production, originally directed by Miriama McDowell and here presented with a new cast, having performed to sell-out crowds for 17 weeks at Pop-up Globe Melbourne in 2017/18.

About Pop-up Globe

Pop-up Globe aims to share the extraordinary experience of Shakespeare’s own audiences through his own work performed in the space and style of his own company.
Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe theatre is a three-storey, 16-sided, 700-person capacity theatre. It unites cutting-edge scaffold technology with a 400-year-old design to transport audiences back in time. No matter where they sit or stand in the theatre, audience members are never more than 15 metres from the heart of the action on stage. Sometimes they’ll even find themselves in the play.

Anthony Harper Pop-up Globe theatre will again feature all the spectacular theatrical trickery of the Jacobean era, including cannons, hundreds of litres of fake blood, and hundreds of beautiful bespoke period costume pieces specially constructed by the Pop-up Globe in-house wardrobe department.

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