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The Court Theatre


The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre
Christiansborg Ridebane 18
DK-1218 København K

Opening Hours: Tues–Suns 12-16.

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Tel.: +45 33 11 51 76 (Tues–Weds-Thurs 9-14)
E-mail: info [at] teatermuseet.dk

Download booklet about The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre here.

The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre is situated at Christiansborg Riding ground at Slotsholmen, just behind the Danish Parliament Christiansborg, in the centre of Copenhagen and in the middle of the living history of Denmark, surrounded by a number of historic building and institutions in the Copenhagen cultural district.

Guided tours can be booked at any time.

The tour will give you an insight in the most secret histories of Castle Island, the island in the middle of Copenhagen which for centuries has been the centre of Denmark's royal and political institutions of power. The Court Theatre opened in 1767 as the king's theatre. In 1794 The Court Theatre escaped the fire which left the king'residence, Christiansborg Palace, in ruins. Today The Court Theatre is the oldest theatre building in working order in Denmark; at the same time it is open to royals, politicians and artists as well as visitors of any kind. The tour takes you all the way through the history of The Court Theatre and the beautiful and most atmospheric interiors. Welcome! For further information - please contact info [at] teatermuseet.dk

In the Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre visitors may move freely all over the auditorium, on the stage, in the balconies and in the small lodges, in which among others King Christian VII’s physician, Struensee and Countess Danner have spent many evenings. Below the Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre you will find the Royal Stables. Christiansborg Riding ground, one of the most beautiful grounds in Denmark in the Rococo style, from which the Royal horses and the Danish military horses are daily taken out for a ride. 

At present the Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre is the centre of a broad spectre of museum-activities and culturel arrangements and events. Continuously, you will find a variety of larger and smaller exhibitions in the Theatre Museum focusing on historical topics with a current perspective or exhibitions in which current topics are seen from a historical perspective. English introduction to all exhibitions. 

Ongoing exhibition: FRAGMENTS of theatre models Lars Juhl – scenographer

FRAGMENTS of theatre models is an exhibition of the magical works by scenographer Lars Juhl. The exhibition is to be experienced through the eyes and has been created especially for the historic interiors of The Court Theatre with starting point in Lars Juhl’s works from his 50-year career as a scenographer.     

With FRAGMENTS of theatre models Lars Juhl lifts the original three-dimensional working models prepared for use for carpenters, technicians and others into a series of two-dimensional collages, decoupages and installations of great visual beauty. The exhibition also includes a photo documentation of the original stage designs, costumes and costume drawings for the theatre performances.

The exhibition is on view in the foyer, on the stage (costumes) and in the green room at the back of the balcony hallway.

The Court Theatre can be hired for almost any type of occassion or event. "A magic, tailor-made evening in the Court Theatre: We all agreed that however many fantastic places which we had visited over the last 22 years, this evening in the Court Theatre without a doubt was the most special and magical of all." Elsebeth Finnick, Réunion des NAC » read more and » read the article The perfect setting for a Royal Affair

During the 1770s the Court Theatre was an active institution in the development of a political and artistic debate. Having served as arsenal, that is to say a place where you stored weapons, rusting armour and riding gear, in 1766 the building was made into a neoclassical room in pearl grey and gold, where the balconies were supported by 22 columns, typical of the time and in the style of other European court theatres. Today you still find traces of the original neoclassical theatre in the entrance and in the foyer. In the early 1840s the last absolute king, Christian VIII arranged for the Court Theatre to be renovated and transformed it to a Biedermeier interior of red velvet and lodges, as you still can see it in the auditorium. » Read more about the Court Theatre and the Theatre Museum

From May to September 2015 we showed an exiting European exhibition called The History of Europe – told by its theatres. The History of Europe – told by its theatres dives into archives of theatres and museums and displays a panorama over 2500 years of European theatre culture. The History of Europe – told by its theatres also shows how over time theatre culture has been a frontrunner in breaking and crossing borders, and how the theatre has influenced and still influences the political power and governance through time towards democracy. The History of Europe – told by its theatres is organized by PERSPECTIV – Association of Historic Theatres in Europe. This is a travelling exhibition and it is opening in Ljubljana, in the Republic of Slovenia on Monday, October 24, 2016. » more info here

Mission and vision
The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre develops and disseminates historical and current knowledge about Danish theatre and performing arts in and from the context of the old Court Theatre from 1767. It is also the task of The Theatre Museum to cherish and maintain the Court Theatre for its unique, cultural and historical values in a national as well as an international context. The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre is an empathetic, open, vibrant and courageous host and curator of activities in and around the museum and the Court Theatre. Theatre and the performing arts are the reflection of the cultural, intellectual and social atmosphere of the time. The Theatre Museum at the Court Theatre is Denmark's key player for study, discussion and dissemination of past, present and future cultural trends, such as they are reflected in and presented by the theatre and the performing arts.