July & August Performance: Filling the alleyways with arias

Copenhagen Opera Festival
July 29-Aug 12; various venues; operafestival.dk
The Copenhagen Opera Festival strives to find new spaces for the genre, inhabiting the urban landscape, spreading world-class arias across the streets, canals, transport routes and buildings of the city. And once again the organisers have put together a line-up consisting of both established and new opera acts. (OR)

Hamlet Live
Kronborg Castle, Helsingør; kongeligeslotte.dk
Kronborg Castle’s immersive theatre production ‘Hamlet Live’ (ongoing until August 31) returns for a third successive year following popular and acclaimed performances since its debut in 2016. Visitors can walk through the castle and experience scenes played out in the actual places Shakespeare imagined them happening. (OR)

ongoing, ends July 15, Tue-Sat 20:00, Sun 16:00; Havnegade 5A, Frederikssund; 190kr; vikingespil.dk
The Frederikssund Viking Village is putting on its annual Viking play to once again give visitors a glimpse of life during the Viking age. The main focus is a theatrical performance and this year’s theme is Harald Bluetooth’s conversion to Christianity. Since their debut in 1952, the performances have proved popular with all ages. (OR)

Copenhagen Summer Festival
July 29-Aug 9; Charlottenborg Festsal, Kongens Nytorv, Cph K; copenhagensummerfestival.dk
For 12 days gifted national and international musicians will perform classical and modern compositions at the Copenhagen Summer Festival. The festival brings together award-winning composers and musicians along with the most exciting young talents on the classical scene today. (OR)

La Sylphide
ongoing, ends July 20; Tivoli, Cph K; adm with entry to Tivoli; tivoli.dk
Performed in Tivoli’s Pantomine Theatre, ‘La Sylphide’ is an intense ballet exploring the consequences of forsaking one’s duty and honour. This condensed version of the world famous performance is not one to miss. Check out Tivoli’s website for show times. (AJ)

Pierrot the Sorcerer
ongoing, ends Aug 29; Tivoli, Cph K; adm with entry to Tivoli; tivoli.dk
A fantastic tale of magic, love, and greed, this play is sure to please adults and children alike. Follow Pierrot on his quest to win Columbine’s heart, which is made all the harder by her evil father. (AJ)

The Steadfast Tin Soldier
ongoing, ends Aug 19; Tivoli, Cph K; adm with entry to Tivoli; tivoli.dk
Tivoli’s fifth Hans Christian Andersen fairy-tale ballet, ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’, is the story of a one-legged tin soldier who loves a ballerina on the musical box next door. Immersed in a world of fantasy and adventure, audience members are sure to fall in love with this ballet. (AJ)

Shakespeare And Me
July 27-28, 19:00; Elsinore Play House, Stengade 51, Helsingor; 150kr
Touching on issues such as politics, gender, and religion, ‘Shakespeare and Me’ follows the protagonist Agnes in her attempt to shake the misogynistic Hungarian theatre community. Feminist writer Rani Drew presents a play that critically examines what it means to be female in present day Europe as well as within the text of the Bard. (AJ)

Hamlet: The Revenge of Prince Zi Dan
Aug 1-5; Kronborg Castle; 140-410kr; hamletscenen.dk; subtitles in English
The renowned Shanghai Peking Opera Company brings Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’ to the stage at Kronborg Castle. Play-goers are sure to be entertained by the Chinese singing, acrobatics and comedy that sets this version of ‘Hamlet’ apart from the rest. (AJ)

Searching for William
Aug 5-8; Kronborg Castle; hamletscenen.dk; 140-410kr
Acclaimed actor and singer Christian Freidel and the band Woods of Birnam perform ‘Searching for William’. Caught in between a concert and play, the characters of Hamlet, Macbeth, and Puck interact in a visual and poetic’ performance. (AJ)

Passage festival 
July 27-Aug 4; Helsingør & Helsingborg, Sweden; free adm; passagefestival.nu
This international street theatre festival is unique. Taking over various locations, in residential areas as well as on the main streets of the Danish and Swedish cities, the performers will turn the metropolis into one big stage.

New York City Ballet
Aug 15-19; Tivoli, Cph K; 335kr; tivoli.dk
For the ninth time, the world-famous New York Ballet will perform in the concert hall of Tivoli. Work from 12 ballets will be shown for what is sure to be an unforgettable night. Be sure to book soon – tickets are selling out fast and this is sure to be a sellout. (TW)

In a Nutshell
July 11-Aug 19; Marionet Theatret, Kronprinsessegade 21, Cph K; free adm; marionetteatret.dk
Young children will love the young squirrel Svend, who is on a quest to find a friend in the forest. Check the theatre’s website for show times. (AJ)

Macbeth at Rosenborg
Aug 28, 18:00; Rosenborg Castle gardens, Cph K; 100-265kr; adg-europe.coms
Enjoy more Shakespeare-in-a-castle when a Munich-based troupe, the American Drama Group Europe, performs ‘Macbeth’ in the grounds of Rosenborg Slot. It’s a pit-stop on their annual Castle Tour of theatrical performances at stunning settings across Europe. (AJ)

Copenhagen Summer Dance 
Aug 9-11; Ofelia Plads, Cph K; 90kr; teaterbilleter.dk
Copenhagen will once again welcome ‘world-class contemporary dance’ this August. Among those in action are an American ballet star and a Cuban ballet company. (TW)

Aug 17-25; Galathea Kroen, Rådhusstræde 9, Cph K; tickets via scenen.dk or this link.
Leftfield Theatre, which made its Copenhagen bow last year with an explosive production of ‘The Pillowman’, presents ‘Queers’, a 2017 British play charting a century of LGBT history in the country. The play is set in a pub, so theatre-goers will sit down with a ploughman’s, or whatever else takes your fancy, right in the middle of the action. ‘Queers’ consists of eight monologues and was written to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which finally ruled that same-gender sex was legal.

Aug 30-Sep 3; Refshalevej 167, Cph K; 340kr 
This august, Kristján ingimarsson Company’s internationally successful performance BLAM! will be back in Copenhagen for the first time in six years. Don’t miss this comedic tale of four office workers transforming themselves into action heroes. (AJ)

ongoing, ends July 29; Gamle Scene, Kongens Nytorv 9, Cph K; seebachmusical.dk
Taking the audience through 50 years of Danish music, this new Danish-language musical showcases the work and lives of father and son duo Tommy and Rasmus Seebach. (TW)

Aug 31-Nov 11; Gamle Scene, Kongens Nytorv 9, Cph K; kglteater.dk; 100-625kr
First performed in Paris in 1841, this romantic ballet has everything audiences could ask for: mystery, adventure and a love story. (AJ)