08 Nov - 11 Nov
Tórshavn (capital)
200 - 325 DKK
Art - Performance


The Faroese theatre group Det Ferösche Compagnie (DFC) is staging a a new production of Hamlet by William Shakespeare in collaboration with the Nordic House.

Hamlet is the crown prince of Denmark. He studies abroad, but has come home for his father King Hamlet’s funeral. At home on Kronborg, Hamlet is shocked when his mother marries his uncle Claudius immediately after the funeral. And when he sees his father’s ghost in the castle, he is convinced that something is rotten in the state of Denmark.

 No other play has been performed as often as Hamlet, and no fictional character has been discussed and quoted as much as Hamlet. You could easily create a whole new world based on the comprehensive written material about Hamlet. Hamlet is a world wide phenomenon and still the play has never before been staged in the Faroe Islands. Thus, DFC’s production of Shakespeare’s masterpiece further enhances the international recognition of the Faroe Islands within the arts and humanities.

Shakespeare wrote the play around year 1600 and it is his longest and most substantial work. The play deals with everything from philosophy, society, politics, mysticism, psychology, religion, to lust, desire, family, friendship, and infatuation. However, Hamlet is also an exciting story about love and revenge.

In the lesser known play Richard II Shakespeare writes: Let us sit upon the ground and tell sad stories of the death of kings: how some have been deposed, some slain in war, some haunted by the ghosts they have deposed, some poisoned by their wives, some sleeping killed, all murdered – for within the hollow crown that rounds the mortal temples of a king keeps death his court.

Hamlet is a tragedy and very few characters leave the stage alive. DFC have therefore fittingly chosen a Faroese funeral as the framework for the play. The movement between the trinity of a funeral – the church, the graveyard and the wake – is a dramaturgical scenario which is very familiar to Faroese people. We are proud of our funeral customs, in fact,  nothing unites Faroese people like death.

On 8 November 2019 Death will keep his court at the Nordic House.

The director Búi Dam says the following about the production:

We aim to create a show which is easy to understand, accessible to all whilst staying true to the incredible complexity and beauty of Shakespeare’s writing.

Age restriction: not suitable for children under the age of 14



Hamlet: Kjartan Hansen

Ofelia: Kristina Sørensen Ougaard

Claudius: Sofía Nolsøe Mikkelsen

Gertrud: Annika Johannessen

Horatio: Búi Dam

Polonius: Hans Tórgarð

Laertes: Búi Rouch

Rosencrantz / Guildenstjern: Mariann Hansen

Other participants: singers from the choir Tarira and their conductor Jóhannes Andreasen

Director: Búi Dam

Translation: Hans Tórgarð

Stage and costume design: Sámal Blak

Sound and music: Tróndur Bogason

Sound technician: Theodor Kapnas

Lighting design: Súni Joensen

Builders: Nicolaj Falck and Hjálmar Dam

Assistant directors: Maria Tórgarð and Katrin Joensen Næs


Nordic House - Norðurlandahúsið

Norðari Ringvegur
100 Tórshavn
Tórshavn (capital)


8 Nov 2019 19:30
9 Nov 2019 19:30
10 Nov 2019 19:30
12 Nov 2019 19:30
13 Nov 2019 19:30
14 Nov 2019 19:30
15 Nov 2019 19:30
16 Nov 2019 19:30
11 Nov 2019 19:30


Normal 325 DKK

Student 200 DKK