Performing arts

billedetekst som læses af skærmlæserOde to Progress, Odin Teatret 1997. Foto: Rina Skeel.

Drama texts

The Drama Collection holds more or less the complete collections of theatre manuscripts from the repertoire of the larger private theatres in Copenhagen, including the Casino Theatre (1848–1937), Folketeatret (The People's Theatre) (1857–), Dagmar Theatre (1883–1937), Nørrebro Theatre (1887–), Det Ny Teater (The New Theatre) (1906–) and Betty Nansen Theatre (1917–), in addition to the Copenhagen Summer Revues (1877–1930s) and the more recent repertoire of The Royal Theatre. Furthermore, larger collections from the Danish Writers’ Guild’s archive and from Danish theatre publishers as well as collectors are also part of The Drama Collection.

The Drama Collection also holds posthumous collections (including scrapbooks and AV material) from prominent actors and stage directors.

Since the mid-1960s, the library has gathered systematically works from all major Danish theatres, including Radio and TV; thus, almost 50 theatres submit regularly their repertoire to The Drama Collection. For a complete overview, see ‘Guide to The Drama Collection’.

Ballet and modern dance

In 2015, the, which is a large archive of all dancers and choreographers in modern dance in Denmark, was transferred from Dansehallerne to The Drama Collection. It includes correspondences, press clippings, working papers, performance materials, photos and footage in addition to the archive of the renowned ballet critic Henrik Lundgren. The collection has a website where you may read more about the individual artists:

In addition, the library regularly  receives private archives of prominent artists in classical ballet. For a complete list, see ‘Guide to The Drama Collection’.

A small collection of dance descriptions, located in the Music Department, is available online: digitized collections of older Danish dance instructions from the 1700s and 1800s.


Opera is located in the Music Collection, which primarily collects sheet music.


The Drama Collection has received several large circus collections, primarily the Deputy City Librarian Carl P. Kraft's Collection, which includes, among other items, programmes, press clippings, magazines, audio and video tapes, and scrapbooks.The library has also received the circus artist Oscar Knudsen Collection. These two collections  cover virtually everything on circus in Denmark and partly in neighbouring  countries.

Search 'Carl Peter Krafts Samling’ in REX.

Model Theatre

The Drama Collection holds a complete collection of Danish model theatres; that is, from the first ones, which came to Denmark from Germany in the early 1800s, to models of the present day. The collection contains a all of Alfred Jacobsen’s sheets, the cartoonist Oscar Knudsen’s decorations, as well as a large collection of important foreign model theatres, mainly German. The material has not yet been catalogued but an internal index of items may be consulted at the Drama Collection.