The Drama Department of the Royal Danish Theatre was housed at a variety of locations across the city throughout the 20th century, with varied degrees of success. Even though the need for a proper playhouse was acknowledged as early as the 1880s, the Danish government did not announce intentions to construct a dedicated theatre until 2001.

The Royal Danish Playhouse, Skuespilhuset, opened its doors in 2008. A variety of performance venues are available in the stunning structure, including the Main Stage, which seats 650, two smaller stages (Portscenen), which each hold 200 spectators, and the Studio Stage, which can accommodate 100. There are also various outdoor areas that are utilized for a variety of children’s activities and other events, such the waterfront foyer and the footbridge terrace. The theater presents ballets, open talks, concerts, and Q&A sessions with writers, directors, and performers in addition to its yearly repertory of plays. Notably, all of the drama shown here is done in Danish.

The playhouse uses a range of materials, including wood for the footbridge connecting the foyer to the harbourfront promenade and ceramic tiles for the dark cladding on the exterior walls and copper for the stage tower’s exterior.

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