Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam tours
Tours of the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam take visitors through the auditorium and front-of-house areas to the backstage where they will see both the new and historic elements of the theatre.
Duration: 90 minutes
How to book: Tours can be book online or by phone: +31 (0) 20 624 23 11, or arrange a tour through Tamar Uylenburg on +31 (0) 20 523 77 73
Tour dates: Every first Saturday of the month
Cost: €5 (adults), €3,50 (Members of the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam). Group rates are available, depending on the size of the group.
How to get there
The Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam is located in the heart of Amsterdam. It is easily accessible by train, car, plane, bus, bicycle and on foot.
For further information please see the theatre’s website.
The Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam was built by architects A.L. van Gendt and J.L. and J.B. Springer. On the site where an earlier, wooden version of the theatre had burnt down, a neo-renaissance façade was designed and opened in 1894. On the inside, the building is built in baroque-style and richly decorated with sculptures, ornaments and chandeliers.
The main auditorium (Grote Zaal) is built in the shape of a horse-shoe, in a style common for court theatres. This style also included different entrances for different ranks of society, providing increasing comfort for those in the highest society circles. Although the original structure is mainly kept intact, there is only one entrance in use now.
Originally the theatre did not have any seats in the auditorium; currently there are 1200 seats, of which 900 are in use. Since April 2009 the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam also has a second auditorium, designed by architect J. Klinkhamer. This is a modern auditorium without a raised stage, and seats about 500 people.
The theatre is listed as a national monument, and currently the home of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, one of the most influential theatre companies in The Netherlands.