The Deafness

Drottningholms Slottsteater and Royal Dramatic Theatre

Photo: Klara G

Photo: Klara G

Photo: Urban Wedin

Photo: Urban Wedin

Play in five acts by Niklas Rådström

It is the evening of 23 May 1824. The Ninth Symphony has just had its second public performance. The premiere was a hit, but this time the auditorium was half-full and the reception lukewarm. Beethoven is livid. Back at home, his beloved nephew Karl, whom Beethoven has wanted to adopt as his own son, is waiting ready to receive the offended genius.

The Deafness is a gripping comedy about total pitch, emotional deafness and creation and their interaction with the living and the dead.

Director • Peter Langdal
Light design • Torben Lendorph
Stage and costume design • Magdalena Åberg
Wigs and make-up • Sofia Ranow

Beethoven • Johan Rabaeus
Karl, his nephew • Andreas T Olsson
Barbara Holzmann, Beethoven’s housekeeper • Grynet Molvig
Holz, violinist, accountant, Beethoven’s assistant • Per Svensson

String quartet from the Drottningholm Theatre Orchestra
Musical director • Maria Lindal

In Swedish with English surtitles
Approx 2 hours, 45 minutes incl intermission

A co-production with The Royal Dramatic Theatre

Group bookings

Groups (min 15 tickets) please book at the Box Office>>>

schedule 2019

Thu 5 September at 19.30   World première
Sat 7 September at 16.00
Sun 8 September at 16.00
Tue 10 September at 19.30
Thu 12 September at 19.30
Sat 14 September at 16.00
Sun 15 September at 16.00

ticket prices

Chairs 1-12 550:-
Row 2–11          450:-
Row 0–1, 12-18     450:-
Row 19–25      370:-
Row 26–31      370:-
Under 26 yrs 150:-

esprit! Pre-performance talks in the Déjeuner salon

One hour before the performance we invite you to pre-performance talks. The Déjeuner Salon Bar is open. Free entrance.

Karamellan - Café & Restaurant

Enjoy a traditional Swedish meal, a glass of wine, or coffee and pastries in a lovely location. The boat pier is just in front of the nice outdoor dining area. There is also space for groups.
Open until 19.30 on performance evenings, the kitchen closes at 19.00.

See the menu and book a table>>>


a tour of the Theatre building

Before the evening performances (starting at 19.30) we offer a guided tour of the unique theatre building. The tour starts at 16.30 and lasts approx 45 minutes. In English and Swedish (you sign up for the language you prefer). Book when purchasing your tickets, the tour is SEK 110.

On matiné performance days, there are several ordinary tours from 11-13.30.

Go by the theatre bus!

There will be a comfortable direct bus Nybroplan-Drottningholm-Nybroplan to the performances of The Deafness. The bus leaves at 14.00 for the matiné performances starting at 16.00 and at 17.30 to the performances starting at 19.30. Return to the city approx 15 minutes after the end of the performance.
Purchase together with you theatre ticket, one way or/and return.


The Déjeuner Salon Bar

The Déjeuner Salon is a lovely room overlooking the English landscape park. The bar opens 1,5 hour prior to the performance. We serve wine, champagne, non alcoholic beverages, coffee/tea, sweets and salty snacks before the performance and in the interval. The pre-order service of interval snacks is unfortunately fully booked.


Enjoy a picnic before the performance! Prebook a picnic bag for two, containing smoked salmon, potato salad, vegetables, bread, cheese, something sweet and mineral water. Pick up in the Déjeuner Salon Bar 1,5 hour before the performance starts. You may also add wine and/or coffee in the bar. There are blankets and cushions to sit on.