Koninklijk Theater Carré
Koninklijk Theater Carré tours
Tours of the Koninklijk Theater Carré will give visitors an opportunity to look behind doors that would otherwise remain closed to the public. Visitors will be taken along the stage, foyers and the changing rooms, and will learn about the architecture, performances, and the special role the Carré has played in its 125-year history.
Duration: 1 hour
How to book: Tours can be booked online or by phone +31 (0)900 25 25 255 (€ 1,30 per call). For a custom tour, especially for groups of >20 people, please call +31 (0) 20 52 49 406
Tour dates: Saturdays at 11:00am
Cost: €9.50 (adults); €6.50 (students); Groups: up to 20 people: €160,- excl VAT / 21 - 40 people: 290,- excl VAT / 41 - 60 people: €420,- excl VAT
How to get there
The Royal Theater Carré (Koninklijk Theater Carré) is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The theatre is easily accessible by foot, bicycle and by all forms of public transportation.
For further information please see the theatre’s website
The stone circus theatre at the Amstel, designed by J.P.F. van Rossem and W.J. Vuyk, opened its doors on December 3, 1887. It was built as the permanent home for the French/German family Carré, who had been performing their equestrian arts in The Netherlands since 1863. The theatre, replacing several smaller, wooden theatres, was an immediate success, and visitors came from far away to see the world-renowned circus acts. The theatre was declared a national monument in 1974, in order to preserve both the cultural space and the classicistic building with beautiful decorations by Bart van Hove.
Throughout the years the theatre evolved from a circus theatre into a variety theatre, and on its 100th jubilee in 1987 the theatre received the right to use the predicate “Royal”. From 1991 to 1993, Van Goor and Huijten Architects transformed the theatre, creating a big theatre which can accommodate a circus rather than a big circus hall with a small theatre space. In 2004 renovations were executed by the same architects, creating modern facilities for the theatre, while keeping the original atmosphere of the theatre intact. Currently the Royal Theatre Carré hosts a wide range of performances, while always remaining true to its origin by yearly putting on a successful World Christmas Circus.