In Theatre Trip’s local theatre guide series, we are delving deeper into what’s going on in theaters across the globe. For each city, we will be sharing local theatre companies, projects, festivals, and organizations. And today we’ll be covering all things related to the Odense theatre scene.
[Location: Odense, Denmark]
Odense is Denmark’s third largest city. And, it’s the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen. Although the theatre scene isn’t especially booming, there are some really unique and interesting offerings that are worth checking out.
Odense Theatre Companies
Den Fynske Opera prides itself on producing new operas and further developing the genre. If you get the chance to attend a show here, get ready for the unexpected. Everything you thought to be true about opera might just change!
The Kulturmaskinen is Odense’s cultural epicenter. It’s a creative space for people of all ages. Here you can find a wide variety of offerings, including concerts, comedy, festivals, a cafe, and hands-on artistic workshops.
This is Denmark’s second oldest theatre, and, it has been producing shows since 1796! Odense Teater now hosts a wide variety of theatre, including plays in Danish, foreign classics, contemporary works, musicals, and performances for children.
Odeon is Odense’s new music, theatre, and concert house located in directly in the city center. This company provides a wide variety of offerings, including both cultural and commercial activities and events.
Teater Momentum focuses on bold theatrical experiences of all genres and styles. This company hosts regular collaborations with other theatres, along with offerings for internationals. You should check out what’s currently on if you’re planning a visit to Odense.
Odense Children’s Theatre
This theatre was established in 1992 and focuses on theatre performances for the youth. With a regularly changing program of exciting performances, there will always be something new for your family to enjoy together at Nørregaards Teater!
Odense Theatre Festivals
This festival is an annual tradition that takes place in late August. Although this isn’t strictly a theatre festival, theatre is included in the magical offerings, along with music, dance, and street art installations. Theatre Trip got the chance to see BLAM! at the 2018 festival.
Unique Theatrical Offerings
This village is an open-air museum in which you can explore life in 19th-century Funen. The reason that it’s listed on our theatre page is because every summer, actors fill the village, making turning your visit into an immersive and realistic theatrical experience.
The Odense Drama School is a place for both children and adults to improve their theatrical craft. With more than fifty years of experience in teaching theatre, this school prides itself on providing a learning space that is safe, creative, and open for everyone.
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Author: Stacy Karyn
Stacy Karyn is the founder of Theatre Trip, author of The Thespian’s Bucket List, and creator of The Cast Album List. She holds a BA in theatre, a TESOL drama certificate, and has worked and interned with Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters.