Det Kongelige Teater

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Royal Theater at Kongens Nytorv
Connection to the new stage of the Royal Theater from 1931, mockingly affectionately christened "Starenkasten"

Det Kongelige Teater (German Royal Danish Theater ) is the Danish state theater in Copenhagen . Since 1748 it has been owned by the town's parlor, Kongens Nytorv . The Kongelige Teater consists of the four sections drama , opera , ballet and concert .

Opera, ballet and concert form a separate unit as the Royal Danish National Opera . The orchestra of this institution, the Royal Chapel of Copenhagen , was first mentioned in documents in 1448 on the occasion of Christian I's coronation and is therefore considered the oldest orchestra in Europe.

main building

The building was designed by the Danish architect Vilhelm Dahlerup (1836–1907). The foundation stone was laid at Kongens Nytorv on October 18, 1872, and the inauguration took place on October 15, 1874. The previous buildings were already on this site. The auditorium holds 1,600 visitors and also has a box for the royal family . The theater building had only one stage; in 1931 a smaller second stage was added.

The entrance to the main building is framed by larger than life statues of the Danish national poets Adam Oehlenschläger (1779–1850, by Herman Wilhelm Bissen ) and Ludvig Holberg (1684–1754, by Theobald Stein ).


A new opera house was built in 2005 and a new theater in 2008 in order to create sufficient room for maneuver and modern stage technology for all branches . The old theater ( gamle scene ) is still used, mainly for ballet and smaller opera productions.

Skuespilhuset (2012)
  • 1874 main building ( Gamle scene , old stage)
  • 1931 Extension of the New Stage ( Nye Scene ), also under the name Starenkasten ( Stærekassen ), used until 2008
  • 1969 to 1985 the comedy ( Comediehuset ) was used for experimental performances in Ny Østergade
  • 2005 Opening of the new Royal Opera on the island of Holmen
  • In 2008 the new playhouse ( Skuespilhuset ) opened on Kvæsthusbro

Artistic Director

The four artistic divisions head:

The theater is subordinate to the Danish Ministry of Culture .


The Royal Theater is one of the settings in the 1976 Danish comedy film Die Olsenbande sees red by director Erik Balling .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b Kasper Holten named the next CEO of the Royal Danish Theater. In: Íslenska Óperan. April 23, 2018 (English).;
  2. Trine Munk-Petersen: Find out teatermand bliver ny direktør for Østre Gasværk Teater og Republique. In: Berlingske . May 4, 2017 (Danish).;
  3. Morten Kirkskov biography. In: Royal Theater Copenhagen. 2020 (Danish).;
  4. Biography Sven Müller ( memento from November 24, 2013 in the web archive ) on: Royal Theater Copenhagen (English)
  5. Sven Müller. In: The Danske store. May 7, 2020 (Danish).;
  6. Katy Wright: John Full James to take Royal Danish Theater post. In: Rhinegold. April 10, 2017 (English).;
  7. Short biography of Michael Boder. In: Royal Theater Copenhagen. 2020 (Danish).;
  8. ^ Katy Wright: Royal Danish Opera appoints Alexander Vedernikov as chief conductor. In: Rhinegold. November 25, 2016 (English).;

Coordinates: 55 ° 40 ′ 46.7 "  N , 12 ° 35 ′ 9.6"  E