In 2010, with the coming of the 2012 Olympic Games, the home of Shakespeare – The Globe, issued a proclamation outlining the Worlds biggest Shakespearean festival: 36 countries, 36 Shakespearean Plays, 36 languages.

New Zealand actor Rawiri Paratene answered the call and was duly given Shakespeare’s little known Troilus & Cressida. To raise the stakes, Rawiri and his theatre company were also charged with opening the festival.

The Road to the Globe follows Rawiri and theatre director Rachel House throughout the rehearsal period, where we meet key cast members and watch them confront their fears, struggle with lines and moves and ultimately lift each other up to face their Opening Curtain.

“You can almost smell the adrenaline as actors confront their fears, forget their lines and struggle to emotionally connect with this ancient story so that they can transmit it to others.”

Grant Smithies, Stuff.co.nz