Brisbane could be in line to get a pop-up recreation of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre.
The plan was announced today by State Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls as part of an arts and tourism package delivered if the Liberal National Party takes office after the November 25 election.
Shakespeare’s famous theatre has already popped up in Auckland — where more than 100,000 people attended, leading it to extend its season twice — and Melbourne. “It is time for Brisbane to put its name on the theatre map by looking into this opportunity,” Nicholls said in a news release.
Creator and artistic director of the earlier Globe pop-up Dr Miles Gregory told Broadsheet in July that the project was a great way to get people to re-engage with the works of William Shakespeare.
“People are turned off Shakespeare in school, but this experience can be life-changing," he said. "They come in hating Shakespeare and come out having understood and enjoyed it."
The original Globe Theatre was built in London in 1599, destroyed by fire in 1613, rebuilt and eventually demolished in1644. A reconstruction of the original, Shakespeare’s Globe, has sat on the south bank of the Thames since 1997.
The Globe pop-up would be a signature move in an LNP tourism strategy addressing what it claims is a lack of business confidence and investment in Queensland’s $23 billion tourism and arts industry. Under Nicholls’ proposal, the theatre would move around the state after beginning its tenure in Brisbane.
“We understand that major attraction investment and drawing more domestic and international tourists will create jobs and help families get ahead,” Nicholls said.
Much of the rest of the release was dedicated to bashing the current Labor government’s record on the arts. “Annastacia Palaszczuk and Labor have dropped the ball over the past three years and missed out on a golden era of international and domestic tourism,” Nicholls said.
It’s a bold plan. Check back here November 26 to see if it’s going to become a reality.