Theater in Amsterdam

Theater Amsterdam: There are in Amsterdam a large number of theatre venues. An overview of current shows in the city is provided weekly by the cultural organization Uitburo Amsterdam on their website. They also distribute a free magazine with a cultural agenda (the ‘Uitkrant’) at several locations throughout the city (also featuring music, dance, exhibitions, lectures and so forth).

This page will list a couple of theatres worth seeing.


Leidseplein 26

The monumental Stadsschouwburg (‘city theatre’) at Leidseplein is often considered to be Holland’s most important theatre, showing a large number of diverse theatre shows. It is home to the Amsterdam theatre group Toneelgroep Amsterdam with its own productions, but also hosts a lot of other national and international shows.

Public transportation to Stadsschouwburg: trams 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 and 10 (stop ‘Leidseplein’).
Address: Leidseplein 26


theatre in Amsterdam

The famous Royal Theatre Carré was originally built as a circus theatre, beautifully located next to the river Amstel. Its programming consists of circuses, musicals, cabaret, theatre, dance, concerts and much, much more. Please refer to the website of Carré; for information on the show current playing.

Public transportation to Carré: metros 51, 53 and 54 and trams 7 and 10 (stop ‘Weesperplein’)
Amstel 115-125

Vondelpark Openluchttheater

The open-air theatre in the Vondelpark offers free-of-charge shows throughout the summer (June through August), ranging from theatre and dance to music and cabaret. You can watch a show from a seat on one of the stands or simply enjoy it while picnicking on the grass in the park. You can check the program on, but unfortunately this site is only available in Dutch. The open-air theatre is located near the large fountain in the Vondelpark, close to the park entrance at Van Eeghenstraat.

Public transportation to Vondelpark, entrance Van Eeghenstraat: tram 2 (stop ‘Jacob Obrechtstraat’).

Last minute ticketshop

Going out at a 50% discount!

Theatre tickets at half price? The Last Minute Ticket Shop offers a 50% discount on the day of the performance. Every day you will find a new selection of shows and concerts in almost all theatres and concert halls in Amsterdam. You can also call 0900-0191 (40 cpm). Or stop by at the shop at the Leidseplein in Amsterdam.

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