Despite Copenhagen's lively and dynamic performing arts scene, most theaters in the city present plays in Danish only. Those wishing to catch a stage show should track down Copenhagen's venues for dance and live art as well as its few English-language theater groups.
By far the most well-known theaters in Copenhagen are the landmark buildings of the Royal Danish Theatre ( Det Kongelige Teater
), dating from 1748, and its contrasting modern counterpart, the waterfront Operaen
. While the old theater building on Kongens Nytorv is used these days mainly for ballets, the multi-billion kroner Opera House presents world-class operas from both the Royal Danish Opera and guest performances. As both are state-subsidized, prices for performances are more down-to-earth than you might think.
The smaller and more intimate Cafeteatret
, in Copenhagen's Latin Quarter, is the spot for high-brow cabaret acts and occasional English-language theater. Its smaller stage Kafcafeen
showcases more experimental acts.
When it comes to experimental, the next three theaters on our list offer plenty of left-field performance. As Northern Europe's largest center for contemporary dance, DANSEhallerne
comprises both Dansescenen and the headquarters of Danish Dance Theatre,
and is located in an old bottling plant on the Carlsberg brewery site
meanwhile took over Dansescenen's old space in Østerbro to showcase live art and new circus, while inner-city Københavns Musikteater
offers a stage for those experimenting within musical theater.
Two of Copenhagen's oldest theaters offer little for the English-speaker, but the grand facades and equally lavish musicals of Folketeatret
and Det Ny Teater
can be enjoyed irrespective of language. The same can be said of the idyllic open-air setting of Grønnegards Teatret
, located in the gardens of Design Museum Danmark
and open in the summer months only: The summer ballet program here is well worth checking out.
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Østerfælled Torv 37
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Gammel Kongevej 29
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