A dramatised version of Salman Rushdie's controversial novel 'The Satanic Verses' has been examined and rejected as a possibility for the schedule of the Royal Danish Theatre.

Playwright Hassan Preisler, who is behind the idea to turn Rushdie's 1989 novel into a play, said he believes that the national theatre is simply afraid to stage the play.

Morten Kirkskov, a director at the theatre, said that fear had nothing to do with the decision.

"Fear played no role in our decision," Kirkskov told DR Nyheder. "It never crossed our mind."

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