Kronborg Castle

Hamlet at Elsinore 1816-2016

Shakespeare set Hamlet in Elsinore. The castle at Elsinore (Kronborg Castle) has since made the play its own.  

As appearances by John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, Richard Burton, Christopher Plummer, Michael Redgrave, Derek Jacobi, Kenneth Branagh and Jude Law attest, it has become a badge of honour to play Hamlet there. The exhibition ‘Hamlet at Elsinore 1816-2016’ tells the fascinating story of the many landmark productions of Hamlet and other Shakespearean plays which have taken place at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore for over two centuries.

Derek Jacobi, 1979

Exhibition production: HamletScenen, Kronborg Castle, Elsinore, Denmark
Curator: Dr Anne Sophie Refskou 
The York exhibition is kindly supported by: The Royal Danish Embassy in the UK and YuFund 

Laurence Olivier, 1937

Ever since Hamlet was first performed at this UNESCO world heritage site, travelling players from all over the world have converged there every summer and together created one of the world’s oldest and most intriguing Shakespearean performance traditions. In recent decades, the range of visiting companies has become increasingly multinational, demonstrating Shakespeare’s global presence and significance. Today performances at Kronborg are produced and hosted by the resident theatre, HamletScenen, dedicated to continuing the tradition and to sharing Shakespeare’s powerful drama across borders. 

Free and open to the public

Opening times: 4.00pm-7.15pm, Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th May inclusive

Location: Berrick Saul Building foyer, University of York