A celebration 400 years in the coming

Hamlet Live

Ends Aug 31, open daily 10.00-17.00; Kronberg Castle, Helsingør; 140kr, kids 70kr; kongeligeslotte.dk

The prince of Denmark is returning home to Elsinore Castle to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.

Hamlet Live – which will see the likes of Ophelia, Claudius and Polonius take up residence for two months at Kronberg – will give audience members a unique immersive take on a classic tragic tale.

This year’s festivities also mark the 200th year since Hamlet was first played at the UNESCO world heritage site, which makes it the world’s longest-running Shakespearian tradition.

Placed in the authentic surroundings of Kronberg’s splendid castle grounds, the audience will get treated to eight scenes from the iconic story acted out in different areas of the sumptuous castle, not discounting the dungeons!

Peter Holst-Beck, the composer of the piece, expertly uses immersive narrative to mix the play’s dramatics within an authentic historical backdrop.

He calls Hamlet Live “a truly unique experience that will warm and excite your hearts.”

Among the cast is Ian Burns, a noted English-language actor and director in Copenhagen, who will be sharing the part of Polonius with Andrew Jeffers, the Dame in the Crazy Christmas Cabaret.

The audience themselves will also take on a significant role in the theatrics, playing the all-important function of the eyewitness Horatio, Hamlet’s friend and confidante. (AC)

Joe Satriani

Mon 27 June, 20:00; Amager Bio; 395kr

Joe Satriani is a living definition of the phrase ‘prolific guitarist’.

Having toured with the likes of Mick Jagger and Deep Purple – as well as collaborating with various stars including Queen guitarist Brian May – Satriani has certainly made his mark in the world of music.

That’s before you even consider his personal achievements. Satriani has rocked up over 10 million album sales.

Another achievement of Satriani’s is the fact he has the third most Grammy Award nominations without ever winning one, coming in just behind Brian McKnight and Snoop Dog. (DM)


June 23-25; Refshaleøen, Refshalevej 185, Cph K; 1,170kr; copenhell.dk

Are you ready for three days of hell on Earth when Copenhell for the sixth time transforms the harbour area at Refshaleøen in the city centre of Copenhagen into Denmark’s biggest and wildest metal festival?

Black Sabbath, The Scorpions, Megadeth, Alice Cooper and others will take over the three stages Helvíti, Hades and Pandæmonium.

Make sure you visit the biergarten, where the infamous parties have already obtained legendary status, and an area called ‘Smadreland’, where you can let loose your aggression and go crazy on a car with a big hammer or totally smash a TV like a real rebel. (NØ)


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