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Drottningholms Slottsteater
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Drottningholms Slottsteater was built in 1766 at the request of Queen Lovisa Ulrika. The theatre is constructed of simple materials and the auditorium is playfully decorated using paint, stucco, and papier mâché. The wooden stage machinery is operated by hand. It includes wind, thunder and cloud machines, as well as traps and moving waves. About 30 stage sets have been preserved, all decorated with themes from 18th century repertoire. Today the yearly summer Opera Festival offers new productions of 17th and 18th century operas and attracts audiences from all over the world. Since 1979 the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra has performed on period instruments, and the repertoire includes works by Haydn, Handel, Gluck and Mozart, as well as Rameau and Monteverdi. In 1991 the World Heritage Committee of UNESCO designated the theatre, together with Drottningholm Palace, the Chinese Pavilion and the surrounding park, as being of international cultural heritage significance. Visitors can take a tour of the theatre guided by multi-lingual guides that will take them into the public rooms surrounding the auditorium, into the auditorium where the magic of the stage and the splendid decorations will almost come to live, and end up in the beautiful Déjeuner Salon looking out over the English garden. Hear the sound of the thunder box and the wind machine or experience an aria and a famous orchestra piece, if there are rehearsals.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 29 June 2018

Had a very interesting and fun guided tour lead by guide Peter. With great knowledge, interest and humour he lead us through both the theatre and it's history in a way that was fun and gave a lot of information about this World Heritage-listed place. If you get Peter as your guide you will have an experience to remember!

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Reviewed 30 October 2017

I was very excited before visiting this place. Not that there are no other baroque theaters in the world, but on this visit I dreamed almost 11 years.
All because this theater is one of the few that has preserved original machinery of the eighteenth century. For me, as an actor and a person interested in the baroque theater, it was necessary to see the theater machine in action. In order to get to the theater, we took a tour for English-speaking people. Our guide Carl was very friendly and polite. The tour was very detailed and I was pleased to note that Karl also passionate about the theater of the 18th century as well as I.
After the tour, we were escorted behind the stage and showed how the machinery works. The tour was wonderful. And I was really glad that the theater did not disappoint me.
I was glad that people who work as guides here are also proud to be part of this corner of the history, like I who visited it!

Thank Никита В
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Reviewed 16 October 2017

Our tour group was fortunate to have a special docent-led tour of this intimate venue with a history. Take a step back in time to the 1700's when viewing the costumes, exhibits, small rooms in which the performers lodged themselves in between performances, the rooms, and (of course) the intimate but fairly spectacular theater. Not much has changed here over time.

One participant in our group was invited back to "make some noise" with the wind, rain, hooves, and stomping mechanisms. Hearing these sounds that others would have heard 400+ years ago was a special moment. The stage partitions could not be photographed (prohibitions say so) and we had no rebels in our group, pushing the envelope. Still, the grand auditorium filled our camera frames and satisfied our need to capture the moment.

Some of the costume designs were very intriguing; especially interesting was the big bird head.

The walls still had remnants of original wallpaper and the beds could only hint at romantic visits from royals paying a visit to the glamorous star of the performance. Ah, if walls could talk (but tongues can still wag).

Thank on_the_go_98765
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Reviewed 4 August 2017

We went through the palace first. Through a tour from our ship, we were allocated an entry time for the theater. My husband and I both agreed this was the best part of the theater. They only allow so many people in at a time so you're not all bunched up. It is a beautiful old theater. It was built in the late 1600's. The interesting part is that the theater still has working stage machinery to simulate sound, like roaring wind, or wild seas. The docents are in period clothing and are well versed (pun intended) in the history of the theater. Worth the extra cost of a ticket. The theater is still in use.

Thank BloggerLinda
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Reviewed 22 July 2017

In addition to the beautiful castle park, this is the major attraction in Drottningholm, even though More sophisticated than the castle itself (which is also nice, but also reminiscent of Versailles and Schönbrun on a smaller scale!). This theater, almost entirely built in wood, is lacking in the world and there is no one in its original preserved state from the 18th century. Here they still play(!) theater in the spotlight of ordinary candles and all technology is hand-driven. The only downside is that there may be a lot of people here in high season and the theater is not very big ...

Thank Thomas J
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