Although there has been much interest in the literature of the Scandinavian theater, little attention has been paid to theater architecture in the northern countries. The kings and queens of Denmark and Sweden, however, were often enthusiastic supporters of and even participants in theatrical performances in the 17th and 18th centuries. After having seen the fashionable theaters of Italy and France, they and their builders had rooms in the old castles of Copenhagen and Stockholm converted for use as court theaters. Plans for theaters in new palace construction were proposed by Nicodemus Tessin the Younger for both countries. In the court theaters by Nicolas Jardin in Copenhagen, Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz at Ulriksdal and Drottningholm, and Erik Palmstedt at Gripsholm much has been preserved to reveal the setting for court performances and to show how tastes in architectural styles changed. The history of these theaters indicates how important they were to the Danish and Swedish courts and how leading architects were called upon to provide them.
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