Catch a Performance of 'Hamlet' in the Real-Life Scandinavian Castle Setting
Although castles sometimes fall victim to the "if you've seen one you've seen them all" mentality, here's one that certainly stands out from the crowd, one you've probably heard about even if you've never been to Denmark: Kronborg Castle, aka Elsinore, aka Hamlet's Caste.
Kronborg served as the setting for Shakespeare's Hamlet, and today you can see a performance of the play within the castle walls. Not many North American travelers know about this unique novelty, but it's actually not a new endeavor: The play was put on inside Kronborg for the first time in 1816 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
Today, different versions of the play are held during the summer and boast rather big-name actors for the roles, including past performances by Laurence Olivier, John Gielgud, Christopher Plummer, Derek Jacobi, and Jude Law.
For a type of literature that can be pretty dry, we think this is an awesome way to bring it to life. The performances are finished for this season, but keep the idea in your back pocket for any trip you may have planned to Scandinavia next summer.
[Photo: Thomas Rahbek]