Sir Derek Jacobi is one of England's most known and distinguished actors. He has performed in numerous plays and television productions including many leading roles in Shakespeare plays, including the role of Hamlet, which Sir Derek has played at the Old Vic but also at Kronborg Castle (known as Hamlet's Castle) in Elsinore in Denmark as part of the Hamlet-festivals held there. In 1999 Sir Derek read some of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous fairytales in a live recording from the Theatre Museum in the Court Theatre of Christiansborg Castle in Copenhagen.
Sir Derek Jacobi's statement:
"Hans Christian Andersen and his wonderful stories have been part of my life from early childhood. His endless fascination lies in the universal appeal of his storytelling, simple yet deep, magical yet truthful. I have a warm and abiding affection for Denmark and it's traditions which makes me doubly honoured to be serving as a Hans Christian Andersen 2005 Ambassador."
Danish Prime Minister about Andersen
According to Anders Fogh Rasmussen Hans Christian Andersen is a world legend. Watch the HCA Comment.
Three days of Andersen celebration
A gigantic TV show is to be the highlight of a three-day opening celebration of the bicentenary of the birth of the Danish storyteller and poet Hans Christian Andersen.
Symphonic Fairytales Never before have so many new works by Danish composers premiered so widely.
New Biography on Andersen
Major biography casts new light on the life and works of Hans Christian Andersen.
HCA Cinema Watch videos from our press briefings and find out more about HCA2005 in our motion picture features!
Experience personal views on Hans Christian Andersen in motion pictures.
Biography Read the story about the Hans Christian Andersen biography by Jackie Wullschlager.
Hans Christian Andersen loved having his picture taken.
Q & A Which shoe size did Hans Christian Andersen use?
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