Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare Festival


More information about the performances will follow beginning of march.


9 – 13 August 9pm
(In Danish and no surtitles)

3 – 5 August 8pm
(In Danish and no surtitles)

The Shakespeare Festival is an open-air theatre where performing arts, cultural heritage and nature unite and create a unique experience. The festival stage is built across the moat, where Kronborg Castle acts as a backdrop. The ever-changing Danish weather, the screams of the seagulls and the twinkling of the stars are all respected co-players, ensuring that each performance is an almost magical experience. Every night before the performance you can enjoy a pre-booked picnic at Kronborg Castle’s scenic surroundings.

For over 200 years, Shakespeare’s characters have unfolded themselves at Kronborg in everything from revenge tragedies to romantic comedies, and every August you can experience world-class artists and theatre companies in both Danish and English continuing the tradition when HamletScenen presents the Shakespeare Festival. HamletScenen has since 2008 managed the legacy of the world’s oldest Shakespearean theatre tradition, which was founded in 1816 right here at Hamlet’s own castle, Kronborg.

With the Shakespeare Festival, we are at the forefront of the celebration of William Shakespeare’s writing. The performances presented are all staged and performed by some of the most acclaimed and innovative artists and companies of the time. These are original and surprising works, but they all share the recognizable and unmistakable touch of Shakespeare unfolding through the themes to the enjoyment of the audience.  

FREE SHAKESPEARE INTRODUCTION WITH ANDRÉ ANDERSEN Every night before a performance at the Shakespeare Festival, there is a free introduction to Shakespeare. It is a short and entertaining intro to what Shakespeare and Kronborg have to do with each other. It starts at 7:15 p.m. If you buy tickets for one of the performances at the Shakespeare Festival, you will receive more information about the introduction in the e-mail you receive prior to your visit.