HCA NEWS Theatre for Andersen

The Odense Theatre has scheduled several productions in connection with the bicentennial celebrations.

By ms - H.C. Andersen 2005 - 26 June 2003

Odense Theatre will be playing a vital part in the celebration of Hans Christian Andersen in 2005. Four major productions has already been scheduled and more are to come.

 "The Odense Theatre regards the celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen as proud undertaking, and we appreciate the close cooperation forged with the H.C. Andersen 2005 secretariat and will do our utmost to live up to the expectations invested in us so that the town of Odense will prove of pivotal importance to the Andersen arts year," says Artistic Director of Odense Theatre, Kasper Wilton.

More than Pearls and Gold
One of Hans Christian Andersen's most entertaining Casino performances "More than Pearls and Gold" will be revived at the Odense Theatre's main stage. It will be adapted and directed by Jens August Wille.

"More than Pearls and Gold" is a rare example of a true "magical vaudeville" where the entire mechanism and ensemble of the theatre is set in motion in celebrating the tale where spirits mingle with 19th century citizens of Copenhagen.

Andersen Chamber Play
One of Denmark's leading dramatists, Sven Holm, will create a chamber play especially for the Hans Christian Andersen arts year to be staged at Odense Theatre. The play portrays the mature Andersen and will be directed by Henrik Sartou.

The Mulatto
The Odense Theatre has asked the Danish composer Sebastian to create a festive musical based on Hans Christian Andersen's lyrical play "The Mulatto". The performance is to be the finale of the Hans Christian Andersen arts year and will premiere on 6 December 2005. The script will be written by artistic director Kasper Wilton.

The Red Chair
As early as the 2004/05 season, Odense Theatre will host 30 readings of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales. The readings will take place on Saturdays between 10.30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Entrance is free.