An exhibition produced by HamletScenen, Elsinore, curated by Dr Anne Sophie Refskou, and supported by The Danish Embassy.
‘HamletScenen’ is the custodian of a century-long tradition of Hamlet productions at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore: a UNESCO heritage site of world-wide fame thanks to Shakespeare.
A great range of British and international actors have given historic performances at the castle, including Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud on the eve of The Second World War, as well as Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh and Jude Law. In recent years, Shakespeare’s Globe have also performed at Kronborg, and gave one of the final performances of their ‘Globe to Globe Hamlet’ there on 21 April, 2016.
In 2016 ‘HamletScenen’ celebrates this tradition, which began in 1816, when a group of Danish soldiers stationed at Kronborg performed the play for the very first time in Denmark in honour of the 200-year anniversary of the death of the Bard. The Shakespeare Festival at Hamlet’s Castle now takes place each year in August.
This exhibition tells a multifaceted story of such cultural connections and exchanges. It is a unique story of a shared cultural heritage between Denmark and Britain. The story is told through explanatory text and visual archive material, including photographs and production programmes from historic Hamlet productions at Elsinore.
The exhibition is open 10.00 - 20.00, Friday 5 - Tuesday 9 August, free entry, no booking required.
An opening reception takes place 18.30 Friday 5 August, all welcome.