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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
Tel.: +45 33 11 51 76 (Tues–Weds-Thurs 9-14) 

E-mail: info [at] teatermuseet.dk

Booklet: download booklet about The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre here
Web: www.teatermuseet.dk – check also the Cultural District here

Adult: DKK 40
Senior: DKK 30
Student: DKK 30
Children: free
Groups (min. 10 persons): DKK 30 each
Please notise: With a joint ticket to Christiansborg Palace, you'll even get a 50% discount on the entrance as well as the annual pass.

New movie about The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre 2019 (30 minutes) – english subtitles
The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre is one of Denmark's oldest special museums  in the oldest still working theatre house, The Court Theatre. During 2018 and 2019 the internationally recognized video artist Julie Born Schwartz has recorded and produced a beautiful and atmospheric film about The Court Theatre. The renowned composer Louise Alenius has written and produced the music for the film, which emphasizes the unique atmosphere of the film and The Court Theatre. The movie can be seen in our small showroom at the balcony » Trailer

The film shows not so much what The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre can do as a museum here and now, nor so much what we do nowadays as a museum, as a theatre hall and as a cultural meeting place – but above all it is an in-depth artistic and visual study of what the place and the spirit of the place is. The spirit of the place has been created by the more than 250 year old theatre interiors and the varied and diverse life that has characterized it over time. However, the spirit of the place is also determined by the people who work in The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre here and now. They are the ones who know the many stories hiding in the walls and in the extensive collections – and they appear intermittantly in the film relating small stories and anecdotes.

The staff of The Theatre Museum with museum inspector emerita Ida Poulsen in the lead, together with scenographer Christian Tom-Petersen, opera communicator Henrik Engelbrecht and conservator Astrid Grinder-Hansen have contributed to the film. See more: Julie Born Schwartz www.juliebornschwartz.com

What and where
The Court Theatre is 250 years old. It opened in 1767 as the king's theatre; Hans Christian Andersen and Countess Danner among others have performed here. 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.  As a visitor you have access to the entire theatre: to the auditorium, to the sloping stage, to the balconies and the small boxes where kings and queens, princes and princesses have been sitting and are sitting till this day when attending performances and concerts.The Court Theatre includes the Theatre Museum and is situated at Christiansborg Riding ground right behind the Danish Parliament (Folketinget), in the middle of the living history of Denmark – in the middle of Castle Island (Slotsholmen), which for centuries has been an important part of the arts, war, politics and the centre of power. 

The café in the Court Theatre is one of the most friendly cafés in central Copenhagen, it has a special atmosphere and a beautiful view of Christiansborg Riding ground, and beyond the historic Copenhagen skyline. During the summer there is access to the outdoor balcony. The café is open at the same time as the museum.

Guided tours
The Theatre Museum at The Court Theatre is perfect to visit on your own or as a group for a guided tour. Guided tours are available to all groups regardless of age and affiliation and we adjust the guided tour in accordance with the wishes of the individual group. The tour takes you all the way through the history of The Court Theatre and the beautiful and most atmospheric interiors. Guided tours can be booked at any time.

Arrangements and events
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

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 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. 

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 had its final destination is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London 2017. » 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.