minister of Culture, Rasmus Prehn (S) has appointed Bertel Haarder (V) as the new chairman of the board of The Royal Theatre. It informs the ministry of Culture in a press release.

He succeeds thereby, Lisbeth Knudsen, who has been since 2016.

‘You’ll never find someone with more political experience than mr Bertel Haarder – and hardly any with more profound respect and understanding of the culture. That, coupled with his ability to – quite the Grundtvig oplysningsånd – to bridge the gap between high culture and popular, makes him a quite obvious choice for president for The Royal Danish Theatre’, says the minister of culture, Rasmus Prehn (S) in the press release.

the Minister hopes that mr Bertel Haarder, and the new board ‘can help to attract more people to the theatre, so even more can experience and be inspired by the magic that is created on our nationalscene’, he says.

Bertel Haarder is grateful for the appointment.

‘I am proud and delighted to have been appointed chairman of the Danish cultural flagship. And be grateful that the government is showing me that confidence. I’ve been a major user of The Royal Theatre, also because my wife Birgitte has been the director of the ballet læseskole through many years’, he says in the press release.

The long-standing folketingspolitiker have that desire, that even more must have access to experiences in the theatre.

‘I will lay myself in the belt, to The Royal Theatre in even higher degree the whole of the Danish theatre’, he says.

in addition to Bertel Haarder, the new board of directors of the lawyer Anders Hjulmand, film director May el-Toukhy, president of 3F, Per Christensen, museum director Gitte Ørskou, theater manager for the Malmö city theatre Kitte Wagner, show leader Martin V. Korshagen and dancer Alexander Stæger.

The long-standing Left-politician, Bertel Haarder, has been appointed as the new chairman of the board of The Royal Theatre, where he will replace Lisbeth Knudsen, who is the chief editor of the media on Monday Morning.

in the Past we have been in the Parliament since 1975 – interrupted only by a stay at the european Parliament in the 1990s. Here is an overview of his career:

Name: Bertel Geismar Haarder.

Age: 75 years

place of Birth: Born the 7. september 1944 in rønshoved Højskole folk school

the Son of film director Hans Haarder and Agnete Haarder


1970: master of political science specializing in the Grundtvig frihedssyn from Aarhus University, denmark

1964-65: Legatstudier in the U.S.

1964: graduated from Sønderborg state school


1973-75: Seminarieadjunkt at Aalborg Seminarium

1971-73: Teacher at Haderslev Statsseminarium

1968-73: the folk high school teacher at Askov folk high School

Political career:

2015-2016: Culture and church affairs.

2011: Member of the Parliamentary Bureau

2010-11: the ministry of the Interior and health

2007-10: Minister for education and minister for nordic cooperation

2005-07: Education and church affairs

2004-05: Integration and minister for development cooperation

2003-04: Integration

2001-03: the process of Integration and european affairs

1994-01: Member of the European Parliament

1987-93: Teaching and forskningsminister

1982-87: education Minister

Marital status: Married Birgitte Haarder. The couple have four children.

place of Residence: Copenhagen, denmark


1973: “Statskollektivisme and Spildproduktion”

1973: “the Institutions “Tyranny”

1974: “The organised unemployment”

1975: “the Danes in the year 2002,”

1977: “in the Midst of a klynketid”

1979: “The fight for high school”

1980: “Limits of Policy”

1982: the “New-liberalism – and its roots”

1990: “Let freedom loose”

1990: “Small country, what now?”

1994: “The soft cynicism”

1997: “against the tide”

2012: Co-author of the Liberal party’s classical liberal identity


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