Staged perfomances

The Fall of the King


Johannes V. Jensen’s epic masterpiece is the tale of Denmark and the soul of the Danes. The Fall of the King is a cornerstone of Danish culture and identity. Carlus Padrissa will be staging Johannes V. Jensen’s mythical work with raw sensuous emotions. For the first time in history!

The Fall of the King follows Mikkel Thøgersen’s life in the shadow of Christian II. Mikkel witnesses the November day in 1520 when Christian II sets himself up to be greeted as King of Sweden at The Stockholm Bloodbath. There, he reinforces his power and allows the blood of the Swedish nobility and clergy to flow through the streets. Mikkel also witnesses Christian II’s lonely fall.

Mikkel Thøgersen is drawn into existential disillusionment at the sight of radiant Crown Prince Christian. He languishes at the depths of his fickle mind and does not dare open up to life for fear of losing it. Instead, he channels all his pain into anger. With thanks to the Bikuben Foundation for its support in developing the cosmopolitan identity of the art of acting. The production is a collaboration between Aarhus Theatre and the Royal Danish Theatre. Recommended from 12 years.

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Direction: Carlus Padrissa
Playwright: Henrik Szklany
Costume design: Karin Betz
Composer: Adele Madau
Lighting design: Ulrik Gad
Sound design: Jonas Vest


The first theatrical adaptation of Johanes Vilhelm Jensen’s work, the cornerstone of Danish culture and identity

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