The Theatre Museum is situated in the Old Court Theatre. Its collection describes Danish theatre history from the 1700s to the present day.
In 1767 the building next to the riding facilities at Christiansborg Palace was arranged as a Court theatre. Today this building houses the Theatre Museum.
The museum collection consists of costumes, set designs, set models, paintings, drawings and photos illustrating the history of Danish theatre from the 18th Century to the present time.
The fall of Struensee
On January 17, 1772 the theatre was centre stage for a dramatic event. It was after a masquerade at the Court Theatre that Queen Caroline Mathilde and her lover Johan Friedrich Struensee were arrested and charged with lèse-majesté.
Struensee was imprisoed in the Citadel and Queen Caroline Mathilde placed under house arrest at Kronborg Castle in Elsinore. A few months later Struensee was executed by beheading, while Caroline Mathilde was banished to Celle in Northern Germany.
Today the Court Theatre is used for exhibitions, theatre productions, concerts, readings, talks. and private arrangements. Visitors are admitted to the boxes, the stage, and to the old dressing rooms.