Drottningholm Palace Open today 10-17

Drottningholm Palace Theatre

Drottningholm Palace Theatre was built in 1766 for Queen Lovisa Ulrika, and is one of the best preserved theatres from this time in the world.

The architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz (1716-1796) designed the theatre for Queen Lovisa Ulrika after a previous theatre building at the palace burned down.

An early heyday

Drottningholm Palace Theatre’s heyday began in 1777, when King Gustav III took over the palace. The big opera premières were often performed here, where a French theatre troupe and Sweden's Royal Dramatic Theatre performed.

After the death of King Gustav III, the theatre was gradually wound down and the building came to be used as warehouse. It was restored to its original condition under the direction of Agne Beijers in 1922.

Unique 18th century machinery

Drottningholm Palace Theatre conceals a playful interior. The salon has painted marbling, papier mâché consoles and plaster columns. To this day, the stage's wooden machinery is still operated by hand. The machinery involves capstans, rollers, drums, blocks, ropes and counterweights. Around thirty sets have been preserved – a theatrical world for an 18th century repertoire.

A living historic setting

Every summer, a number of operas, plays and dance performances are staged, together with concerts, tours and events, all with an 18th century character.

Drottningholm Palace Theatre is part of the World Heritage Site of Drottningholm, Sweden's first cultural object to be added to the list of locations of indispensable cultural value to humanity.

The theatre building is located at Drottningholm Palace, and guided tours are available all year round. See Drottningholm Palace Theatre's website for details of dates and times www.dtm.se.external link, opens in new window

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The Palace Theatre draws opera and drama lovers from all over the world. Photo: Håkan Lind/Royalpalaces.se

Scholarship award in the Dining Salon. Each year, the Friends of Drottningholm Theatre present educational scholarships. The King is the association's patron, and The Queen is the Honorary Chair. Photo: Charles Hammarsten

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Guided tours Open today 10-17

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Childrens Drottningholm Open today 10-17

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Hunt for lions, find flowers and discover the Palace's gold. Challenging image hunts in the rooms of Drottningholm Palace is hosted for c...

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RococoGo! 1 Jun – 30 Sep

Discover the Rococo style at Drottningholm Palace, with a fun and educational image hunt for adults. Rococo was a playful, graceful style...

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Palace tour 17 – 30 Sep

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FAQ

  • Is it possible to take wedding photos inside the royal palaces?

    Wedding photography is not permitted in the rooms of the royal palaces.

    In the case of wedding ceremonies in Drottningholm Royal Chapel, Rosersberg Palace Chapel, Strömsholm Palace Chapel and Ulriksdal Palace Chapel, it is fine to take photographs in the chapel, but not in the rooms of the palaces.

  • Is it possible to take wedding photos in the palace parks?

    It is permitted to take wedding photos for private use in our palace parks. Please respect the following: it is not permitted to set up bulky photography equipment and/or props, to cordon off or drive vehicles onto our park areas or in any other way disturb other park visitors.
    Please note the special stipulations for photography in our Image and Media Gallery.

  • Can I pre-book a ticket for the general palace tours?

    Tickets can be purchased on the same day at any of our ticket offices; no advance purchase available.

  • Are there any storage lockers at the royal palaces?

    The Royal Palace of Stockholm: There are a few storage lockers available at Tickets & Information and in the Tre Kronor Museum. However, we would recommend not bringing any large bags with you. The other royal palaces and visitor attractions: No storage lockers available.

  • Can I take my bag into the royal palaces?

    Small bags are permitted at our visitor attractions. Rucksacks should be carried in your hand or on your front. Do not leave any bags unattended. Bags and cases with wheels are not permitted.

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