Hard times for the Bard

As an expat in Copenhagen, a night at the theatre might just be one of those things you miss the most about your home country. So fear not, relax, especially if you enjoy Shakespeare because ahead of next year’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of his death, That Theatre Company is due to much public demand reviving its celebrated 2013 play Shakespeare’s Women.

Co-written by director Barry McKenna and actor Ian Burns (Shakespeare), we find ourselves in London in 1613. The Globe has just burnt down and Shakespeare, having retired, is asked to return from Stratford-upon-Avon to try and pull a phoenix from the ashes of the theatre. Burnt-out himself, he unwisely agrees to write what will be his last play for the reopening. 

Shakespeare searches for a way to make the story his own. “It’s always the women,” he remembers as night descends and with it the spirits of some of his most famous female creations. 

Co-starring Christiane Bjørg-Nielsen (who wrote original music for the production) and Linda Elvira as Shakespeare’s muses, the production gives the audience a sense of the sights and sounds of Shakespeare’s world, along with insight into the writing process behind literature’s greatest ever mind.

It’s a reminder of Shakespeare’s extraordinary ability to write about woman’s nature and includes some of his most memorable writing.

Shakespeare’s Women
Krudttønden, Serrdslevvej 2, Cph Ø; performances Mon-Fri 20:00, Sat 17:00, continues until March 22; tickets 50-175kr, billetten.dk; that-theatre.com