As the largest Danish theatre outside of Copenhagen, Aarhus Theatre (Aarhus Teater) has been an important cultural institution in Aarhus for over a century. It resides on the central square Bispetorvet in a beautifully adorned building designed by the city’s darling architect Hack Kampmann. The impressive architecture alone makes Aarhus Theatre worth a visit, but of course the theatre also takes pride in its often highly acclaimed productions. And in all honesty, it’s not an obvious choice for inclusion in a guide to budget-friendly places, as going to the theatre is generally not exactly a frugal affair.
Aarhus Theatre, however, makes a concerted effort to appeal to one of the most frugal crowds around, namely students and other young theatre-goers. Under the mantra “cheaper than the movies,” the theatre offers anyone under 25 and anyone who can present valid student ID the opportunity to see a show for just 50 DKK, or roughly a third of the standard ticket price. The offer includes the biggest flagship productions, but admittedly doesn’t extend to the very best seats in front of Aarhus Theatre’s Grand Stage, nor is it valid on Fridays and Saturdays. With a bit of planning, however, thrifty young people can go see an excellent performance for the price of a beer by the river.
If you’re a non-student older than 25, you might consider some of the theatre’s smaller productions, which can certainly still be interesting and are generally available for less than 100 DKK.
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