Queen Margrethe II of Denmark has put her creative side on display by designing the set and costumes for a performance of Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Nutcracker”.
The Queen is also an experienced painter, and has created the backdrop for plays, television shows and reenactments of fairytales by Hans Christian Anderson, a Danish author bbest known for writing “The Little Mermaid” and “The Snow Queen”.
The Christmas ballet will be put on at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens amusement park in December, and Queen Margrethe attended a rehearsal on Thursday, where she spoke to the cast.
“She’s made it very clear that she wants to be treated as our costume designer and that’s all,” said Kathleen Videria, who play the leading role of Clara.
“The Nutcracker” at Tivoli Gardens has been described as “an adventure for the whole family”. In addition to the set and costumes, which are designed by the Queen, the choreography is by Peter Bo Bendixen, Tivoli’s Artistic Director and the ballet will be accompanied by Tivoli’s symphony orchestra, the Tivoli Copenhagen Phil, which comprises of 70 musicians.
Mr Bendixen spoke about the performance and the Queen’s involvement, saying: “It wouldn’t be Christmas without The Nutcracker, and it’s wonderful to add to Tivoli’s Christmas atmosphere with a Christmas production that even uses Tivoli in 1874 as a backdrop. The festive story of The Nutcracker is one of my absolute favourites: a true classic brimming with adventure and magic for children and their families.”
“Thanks to the Queen’s eye for those little extra details in both set design and costumes, there’s a whole world for audiences to discover. This is the third time The Nutcracker has been staged at Tivoli, and we’ve added new touches to make this performance very special.”
“The Nutcracker” premieres on Thursday, 1st December, and will run until 30th December. Tickets cost between 175 and 615 Danish Krone (approximately £20 – £70) and can be purchased on the Tivoli Gardens website.