English-language theatre is easy to find in Amsterdam. Most of the major theatres are centred around the Leidseplein, and are within an easy stroll of each other. Tickets can be booked at the theatres’ box offices, or through the tourist offices, which will also hold programmes. Ask your hotel or one of the tourist offices (see the Tourist Information section of this Guide) for a listing of what’s on during your stay.
Amsterdam Theatre Travel Guide
Boom Chicago is a comedy institution. Nearby, is the more low-key Comedy Café, which hosts international, stand-up comedians. De Balie is a beacon with its theatre, film and political debate. The Melkweg and Paradiso are popular nightclub venues that also stage new theatre. At Stadsschouwburg, the Municipal Theatre, you find quality stage performances. In the Leidseplein and Vondelpark you often stumble across theatre. Amsterdam is a magnet for street-performers.
1. Boom Chicago
Leidseplein 12, 1017 PT Amsterdam, Telephone – +31 20530 7300
Boom Chicago is housed in the Leidseplein Theatre. A night at Boom can include a meal in the theatre restaurant as well as drinks in the front bar and lounge. The audience sits at tables and drinks are served throughout the show. Doors open at 6.30 pm for dinner. Admission €18.
2. Comedy Café
Max Euweplein 43-45, 1017 MA Amsterdam. Telephone – +31 020638 3971
Offers comedy in English on Sunday nights from seven in the evening.
3. De Balie
Kleine-Gartmanplantsoen 10, 1017 RR Amsterdam. Telephone – +31 20553 5151
A wide variety of events including cinema and children’s events.
Lijbaansgracht 234 Amsterdam. Telephone – +31 205318181
The Melkweg is a multimedia centre in Amsterdam with live-music, theatre, photography, cinema, special events and parties. With over 1000 in two concert halls through out the year, the Melweg is Holland’s the most active club.
Leidseplein 26. Telephone – +31 2052 37700
The Municipal Theatre frequently shows English language theatre productions and dance performances.