March a Busy Month for Copenhagen’s International Theater

Events, Nightlife — By Jane Graham on March 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm

There’s good news on the billboards for theater lovers visiting Copenhagen over the next month, with not just one but two possibilities for seeing some really new and exciting English-language theater.

While Copenhagen has a dynamic and thriving live theater scene, it does tend to leave English speakers out in the cold, as most of it is text heavy and performed in the Danish language only. This month, however, us non-Danes get to choose between the English-language Why Not Theatre Company’s premiere of ‘Vita and Virginia’ at Cafeteatret and Copenhagen’s third biannual Puppet Festival, which kicks off with ‘Hunger’ in Planeten Theater in Huset Magstræde on March 24th.

Why Not Theatre Company was formed in 2007 by two British actresses based in Copenhagen, Nathalie Johnston and Sue Hansen-Styles. The play, Vita and Virginia, was written by Dame Eileen Atkins about the relationship between the two turn-of-the-century writers Virginia Woolf and the more artistocratic Vita Sackville-West, and their love affair in a time when manners and class was all-important. The play runs from today, March 15 until April 2nd: For more details, visit Cafeteatret’s website.

Copenhagen’s Puppet Festival takes place every other year and it is stressed that the shows being performed here are for adults only, or at least older children (12 and over). Visiting international acts include British Pickled Image and the American/Norwegian Wakka Wakka. Expanding traditional ideas about puppetry, performances over the weekend invite audiences into sci-fi universes and superhero worlds that are both darkly comic and highly provocative.

For a full program, visit

Top Photo shows Astrid Kjær Jensen performing “Lilith”, part of Copenhagen’s Puppet Festival. Image courtesy of Thomas Puschmann.

Tags: English-language theater, Puppetry, theater festivals