Theatre is an important attraction for any city and Amsterdam’s cultural heritage is widely reflected in the vast range of entertainments available at the City’s many theatres. On any given night you can find classical music, opera, ballet, modern dance, jazz, plays and musicals, all available in venues that are fully equipped with modern amenities.


Theater Amsterdam made its debut with the premiere of ANNE on 8 May 2014. Located on the waterfront just outside central Amsterdam in the Westelijke Houthavens district, the theatre is the only venue in Amsterdam where shows can enjoy an uninterrupted run. With a hall covering 4,200 m2 (over 45,000 sq ft), Theater Amsterdam offers unique opportunities for massive sets and the latest theatrical techniques. The theatre is easily accessed by boat, car, public transport and bike. The restaurant Boven de Planken, offers stunning views across the river IJ, and lunch and dinner is served before the performances. For current show listings, please visit


The Muziekgebouw is a glass-fronted, waterside concert hall, founded in 2005. It offers more than 200 concerts per season and includes a variety of genres including classical and electronic music, world music and jazz. For up to date event listings, please visit


This magnificent building, located on the banks of the river Amstel, hosts a year-round modern, and classical repertoire. It is home to the Netherlands National Ballet and National Opera companies. For current listings, please visit


The Stadsschouwburg (Municipal Theatre) is a vibrant cultural centre, and former home of the National Ballet and Opera. It now houses the Toneelgroep, The Netherlands top repertory theatre company, and presents a range of modern and classical plays and performances. Built in 1894 on the site of two previous theatres that were damaged by fire, the building retains its original architecture but has been completely refurbished to a very high standard and offers all the amenities and comforts of a modern theatre. For up to date event listings, please visit


Steeped in history, Carré opened its doors for the first time on 3 December 1887. The majestic building on the banks of the Amstel, built as a circus theatre, grew to become the country’s most famous theatre and venue for cabaret, plays, music, ballet and musicals. Today it is an ultramodern theatre, hosting some of the World’s finest performers. The building also includes “Oscars”, a top-floor restaurant serving pre-show meals. For current listings, please visit


With over 600,000 visitors a year, the Heineken Music hall is one of Amsterdam’s most popular music venues. It was opened in 2001 with the aim of providing first class pop and rock concerts and has been nominated many times for the Pollstar Award for Best International Music Venue. For current listings, please visit



Having undergone a complete renovation in 2010, this magnificent theatre hosts drama, music and cabaret events, in two separate halls with a seating capacity of 1540. For current listing, please visit



With over 900 events and over 700.000 visitors a year, the Concertgebouw is one of the best visited concert halls in the world. The grand opening of this Royal Concert Hall was celebrated on Wednesday 11 April 1888. Since then it has hosted some of the world’s most prolific and well-renowned musicians, as well as becoming home to a resident concert orchestra. The Great Hall has a seating capacity of approximately 2000, while a smaller venue seats 437. On view inside the building is the now famous Maarschalkerweerd-organ, a magnificent concert organ. The Concert Hall is famous for its unparalleled acoustics and is a must-visit experience for any serious music lover. For up to date event listings, please visit


The Rozentheater originally opened in 1913 as a cinema, but today, this 250 seater theatre is home to Boom Chicago, the improvisation/comedy company that presents live shows based on your suggestions. A Boom show is a fast-paced mix of sharp writing, quick improvisation, video, music and technology. You and your friends enjoy the show from a table with buckets of beer and bottles of wine. For current listings, please visit


If you have a sudden urge to visit one of Amsterdam’s many theatres and catch a show, you should take advantage of the half-price ticket offer. Buy half-price theatre tickets, available on the day from 10am, either online at or from the Last Minute Ticket Shop located at the Public Library Ticket Shop Desk, H-4, Oosterdokskade 143 and VVV Amsterdam Tourist Office Ticket Shop Desk, B-1, Stationsplein 10

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