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Theatres in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is home to a diverse range of quality theatres, many of which stage their performances in English. Most of the main theatres are located on or close to the Leidseplein in the city centre. One of the most popular theatres for comedy is the Stadsschouwburg Municipal Theatre, where you will find quality stage performances housed in a charming, historic building. Comedy theatres abound in this city with the 11 year old Boom Chicago being one of the best. The theatre hosts an English language comedy every night of the week, which is performed by extremely witty actors often from America. The performances are part scripted and part ‘ad-lib’ and are extremely entertaining. Nearby is the more unobtrusive Comedy Café, which specialises in stand-up comedy acts. Another noteworthy venue is the 200-year-old Royal Theatre Carre. The theatre was founded by the Carre family who were skilled circus artists in the 18th Century. In the 1990’s the theatre was renovated changing its focus from circus to theatre although facilities for circus performances still exist. Since its renovation the theatre has staged performances of leading musicals such as 'My Fair Lady', 'Annie' and 'West Side Story' as well as ballet performances by Russian dancers from Kyrov. The De Balie Theatre is another guiding light for both theatre buffs and artists. It offers film, theatre, and political debates. For up-and-coming improvisation theatre the Muziekzaal Theater is worth visiting.


De Balie
De Balie , by Rick van Hemert
De Balie
Address: Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
  Phone: +31 20 623 29 04
  e-mail: balie@balie.nl  
Price: 5 - 9 EUR  
Website: http://www.debalie.nl/  

On the famous Leidseplein, De Balie is one of the fascinating multifunctional hot spots of the Dutch capital. Set in the former Leidseplein prison, today De Balie ensures a very chic atmosphere. It is three in one - a bar below, a restaurant on the top floor and a theatre in between. The bar is cosy, though a bit smoky, but very particular in ambiance and really chic. The restaurant offers different menu every day - it is not too long, but really tasty, usually including some regional speciality. The theatre screens films and stages theatre performances for various tastes.
Bellevue Theatre
Bellevue Theatre, by Roloff de Jeu
Bellevue Theatre
Address: Leidsekade 90
  Phone: +31 20 624 72 48
 

Bellevue Theatre is located in the Leidseplein - the so-called 'dramatic' area of Amsterdam. It has two stages – a big and a small one. The big stage is open for guest performances and also presents its own productions. Performances are often held at lunch-time about 5 times a week. Very popular among the locals, the Bellevue Theatre presents predominantly performances in Dutch. Since 2007, there is also the small stage. It is called Club Calotte and is home to diverse music performances, where you can listen to jazz, rock and pop music.
Boom Chicago / Leidseplein Theatre
Boom Chicago / Leidseplein Theatre, by Rick van Hemert
Boom Chicago / Leidseplein Theatre
Address: Leidseplein 12
  Phone: +31 20 423 01 01
  e-mail: reservations@boomchicago.nl  
Website: http://www.boomchicago.nl/  

In the beginning of the 90s, a group of American immigrants in the lively Dutch capital decided to share their new idea with the world. They were bold and daring and needed large audience for whom they could perform. First, they formed the Boom Chicago group, naming it after their home home town. Boom Chicago started out as an improvisational comedy and sketch studio. Its founders skillfully mixed political satire with comedy and humor addressing the issues form the headlines. They created performances, which provoked, made laugh and were always a bit “right in the heart.”
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Crea Theater
Crea Theater, by expatdc
Crea Theater
Address: Turfdraagsterpad 17
  Phone: +31 20 5251400
 
Website: http://www.crea.uva.nl/  

CREA is the name of the cultural organization belonging to the University of Amsterdam. It unites young artists and innovators into various initiatives, one of most prominent among which is the Crea Theatre. Crea Theatre gives stage mainly to students' performances. It's located in the very heart of the city, on the campus of the University. Modern or Classical, the young spirit of the spectacles is really unique. The Theatre also hosts guest performances.
De Nieuw Amsterdam
De Nieuw Amsterdam , by deboof
De Nieuw Amsterdam
Address: Grote Bickersstraat 2 /4
  Phone: +31 20 627 86 72
  e-mail: dna@denieuwamsterdam.nl  
Website: http://www.denieuwamsterdam.nl/  

It's not a coincidence that the name, The New Amsterdam, reminds of the famous Broadway theatre. New Amsterdam was the name of the Dutch colony, which gave birth to the big apple - New York city. It is generally assumed that the theatre is similar to Broadway, but it's not entirely true. The theatre features films, plays and musical performances. This is a home of modern art where the New York inspiration can definitely be felt.
Koninklijk Theater Carre
Koninklijk Theater Carre, by Annieta de Jong
Koninklijk Theater Carre
Address: Amstel 115-25
  Phone: +31 20 622 52 25
  e-mail: kassa@theatercarre.nl  
Price: 15 - 50 EUR  
Website: http://www.theatercarre.nl/  

The Carre theatre's history is related to the French-German dynasty of Carre. Famous for its performances held all over Germany and France 200 years ago, the family established its theatre in Amsterdam. It was mainly meant to host the circus of Oscar Carre, but as he travelled a lot all across Europe the theatre came to house various other entertainment events as well. Gradually musicals, operas, operettas and many others were staged in the theatre. For its 100th anniversary Theatre Carre was given the title Royal. The recent years of its history are marked by a revival of the musical art and the performance of famous musicals, such as West Side Story, as well as magnificent ballet performances.
Melkweg / Milky way
Melkweg / Milky way, by Riny van Eijk
Melkweg / Milky way
Address: Lijnbaansgracht 234A
  Phone: +31 20 624 17 77
  e-mail: info@melkweg.nl  
Price: 10 - 45 EUR  
Website: http://www.melkweg.nl/  

Melkweg was established in a former milk factory back in the beginning of the 70s. The name means 'Milky Way', but also 'The Milk is gone'. It was established as a centre for new music and art. Today Melkweg isprobably the best night club in the city. Besides music concerts and club music, Melkweg also houses a gallery, a recording studio, a theatre, a dance studio - all of them equipped according to most up-to-date standards. The rich programme ensures entertainment to most demanding art fans.
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ, by Matthijs Borghgraef
Muziekgebouw aan het IJ
Address: Piet Heinkade 1
  Phone: +31 20 788 20 10
  e-mail: post @muziekgebouw.nl  
Price: 8.5 - 27.5 EUR  
Website: http://www.muziekgebouw.nl/  

The theatre benefits from a fantastic over-water location, which ensures a breath-taking panorama - excellent addition to the music performances held inside. It is a musical theatre combining modern and classical music. The theatre also hosts one of the most famous jazz studios in town. Thus it has become for the last years one of the most visited venues when it comes to classical and jazz music in the artistic city of Amsterdam.
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