Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid burns down

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Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid burns down
The fire department received word of the fire shortly after 4.30am. Photo: Nils Meilvang

Police are working to determine the cause of a fire that severely damaged the inner city theatre as theatre personnel are forced to contemplate the future.


The Copenhagen theatre Sort/Hvid, previously known as CaféTeatret, burned down in the early morning hours of Tuesday. 
Copenhagen Police said on Tuesday morning that investigators were working to determine the cause of the fire.
“At 4.38am, the fire department received an alarm from an address on Skindergade in inner Copenhagen. The status after the fire is that the first floor, which consists of a large open room, apparently a theatre stage, is by and large destroyed by fire. On top of that there is smoke and soot damage on the second floor,” police spokesman Henrik Stormer told Berlingske Nyhedsbureau.
A spokesperson for the theatre told BT that the fire put the theatre’s future in jeopardy. 
“The fire obviously has big consequences. We already put on a lot of our shows out in the city but what will happen from hear on out, I don’t know at this point,” Jeannie Haltrup said. 
No one was injured in the fire and police and the surrounding area was blocked off on Tuesday morning as police investigated. 
The theatre changed its name from CaféTeatret to Sort/Hvid (Black/White) earlier this year to “match the vision the theatre has and the projects we create”, according to a press release. 
The small theatre focuses on plays that lead to social debate and came in the spotlight for hosting the controversial ‘Manifest 2083’, a monologue based on the writings of Norwegian mass murderer Anders Breivik. 


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