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Queen Margrethe gives press conference before premiere of her own theatre play


PHOTO: JOHANNES JANSSON (CC BY 2.5) VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Queen Margrethe has always been interested in performing arts and she’s now taken part in a press conference in connection with the resumption of the performance “The Snow Queen”. “The Snow Queen” was created two years ago in an artistic collaboration between the Queen of Denmark, musician Nanna Øland Fabricius and choreographer Yuri Possokhov.

The ballet performance, at Copenhagen’s Tivoli, is a reinterpretation of H.C. Andersen’s fairy tales of the same name, and the performance’s costumes and scenography are designed by Queen Margrethe.

The Queen, Fabricius and Possokhov have previously worked together in connection with the performance “Cinderella” in 2016. In connection with the press conference, on November 24th 2021, a scene from the ballet performance was shown.

Queen Margrethe was, as always, sharp in her reply when she answered questions from the press during Wednesday’s press conference.  It is 20 years sincet Queen Margrethe first took on the role of set designer and costumes at a Tivoli performance, and since then she has been involved in a total of eight plays which have been shown in total on 20 different occasions.  She also paints and embroiders for personal artistic expression, and her pieces have been on display in several exhibitions.

Earlier this autumn it was also revealed that Queen Margrethe will provide the set and costume designs for an upcoming fantasy film released through Netflix. The Danish monarch has been employed to design the sets and costumes for an upcoming adaptation of Ehrengard from a novel by Karen Blixen. Blixen, a Danish author, is most famous for her autobiography, Out of Africa, which was adapted into a 1985 film starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.

The Snow Queen will be performed every day from the first of December until Christmas Eve.

About author

Senior Europe Correspondent Oskar Aanmoen has a master in military and political history of the Nordic countries. He has written six books on historical subjects and more than 1.500 articles for Royal Central. He has also interview both Serbian and Norwegian royals. Aanmoen is based in Oslo, Norway.