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Auckland’s Pop-Up Globe secures eight Sydney Theatre Awards

Auckland’s Pop-Up Globe secures eight Sydney Theatre Awards
January 10, 2019

New Zealand’s greatest ever theatre export, Pop-up Globe, has dominated Sydney’s theatre awards.

Global theatre giant Broadway World - the world's largest theatre website has honoured Pop-up Globe for its productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream featuring Te Reo speaking fairies and The Merchant of Venice – both produced in Auckland and playing at Pop-up Globe Auckland last summer.

Pop-up Globe beat out competition from the likes of Sydney Opera House and some of Australia's best known producers of theatre to claim best play, best director of a play, best costume design, best choreography, best actor in a play, best actress in a play, best supporting actor in a play and best supporting actress in a play.

Founder and Artistic Director Dr Miles Gregory says he is thrilled that Pop-up Globe has been recognised in such a significant way by Australian audiences, commenting "we are delighted they have embraced us with such love and enthusiasm.

"The awards are a reflection of what our fans are telling us. They welcome us. They love us and we create amazing work in an amazing space."

A Pop-up Globe, identical to the company's Auckland base, was resident in Sydney's Moore Park from since September to November last year, selling over 100,000 tickets to the four productions which transferred from Auckland earlier in 2018.

Dr Gregory added "Pop-up Globe has always been proud to be born and headquartered in Auckland. We are proud to be ambassadors for the New Zealand arts community, and to fly the flag for New Zealand creativity both at home and abroad. It's particularly good for so many New Zealand actors and creatives to have been nominated, recognising the extraordinary talent that comes from the New Zealand arts industry and arts training."

The current season at Pop-up Globe Auckland features productions of Richard III and The Taming of the Shrew, which have received rave reviews from fans and critics alike since they opened last month. Asked whether these productions would also transfer internationally, Dr Gregory refused to be drawn, concluding "our mission is to share with as many people as possible our passion for Shakespeare performed with gusto in the space for which it was written.

“We'd love to transfer our current work to other Pop-up Globes, and we're in planning for our future international seasons at the moment, working with our international partners Live Nation Australasia.

“Watch this space!"

Pop-up Globe winners' list:
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
Best Supporting Actress in a Play - Sarah Griffen for A Midsummer Night's Dream

Full list:
Best Actor in a Musical

David Harris - Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Capitol Theatre
Best Actor in a Play
Max Loban - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Actor in an opera
Alexander Lewis - Candide - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Best Actress in a Musical
Maggie McKenna - Muriel's Wedding - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Actress in a Play
Sarah Griffin - Merchant of Venice - Pop Up Globe
Best Actress in an Opera
Annie Aitken - Candide - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Best Cabaret Performance
The Divine Miss Bette - The Studio, Sydney Opera House
Best Cabaret Performer
Trevor Ashley - The Bodybag - Seymour Centre
Best Choreographer
Brigid Costello - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Costume Design - Musical
Gabriela Tylesova - Muriels Wedding - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Costume Design - Play
Bob Capocci - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Director of an Opera
Mitchell Butel - Candide - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Best Director/Musical
Simon Phillips - Muriel's Wedding - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Director/Play
Miles Gregory - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Ensemble Performance in a Musical
Ensemble - Priscilla Queen of the Desert - Capitol Theatre
Best Lighting Design - Musical
Alexander Berlage - Cry Baby - Hayes Theatre
Best Lighting Design - Play
Nick Schlieper - The Harp in the South - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Lighting Design of an Opera
Alexander Berlage - The Shape of the Earth - Carriageworks
Best Music Director - Musical
Isaac Hayward - Muriel's Wedding - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Musical
Muriel's Wedding - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Opera
Candide - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Best Play
A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Scenic Design - Musical
Simon Greer - In the Heights - Hayes Theatre
Best Scenic Design - Play
David Fleischer - The Harp in the South - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Sound Design - Musical
Tegan Nicholls - Cry Baby - Hayes Theatre
Best Sound Design - Play
Nate Edmondson & The Seats - The Harp in the South - Roslyn Packer Theatre
Best Supporting Actor in a Musical
Luke Joslin - Shrek the Musical - Packemin Productions - Riverside Theatre
Best Supporting Actor in a Play
Chris Huntly-Turner - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Supporting Actor in an Opera
Adam Player - Candide - Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House
Best Supporting Actress in a Musical
Sarah Morrison - Mamma Mia - Capitol Theatre
Best Supporting Actress in a Play
Sarah Griffin - A Midsummer Night's Dream - Pop Up Globe
Best Supporting Actress in an Opera
Jacqueline Dark - The Nose - Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

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