What are the best places to see a play in Amsterdam?

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Cecily Layzell

Amsterdam's many theaters play host to a busy and eclectic calendar of plays. The majority is in Dutch, but the high level of English in the city means that international companies are regularly invited to perform. Look out, too, for plays with English surtitles, the theater equivalent of foreign movie subtitles.

The best place to find theater listings is the monthly TimeOut Amsterdam magazine, which details upcoming English-language plays or performances where language is no problem. Alternatively, peruse the websites of the following institutions.

Stadsschouwburg. Housed in a beautiful 19th-century building on Leidseplein, the Stadsschouwburg stages contemporary music, dance and theater performances, usually by big national and international names.

Koninklijk Theater Carré. Once a circus, this grand theater on the River Amstel hosts theater, cabaret and opera performances as well as Dutch versions of popular musicals such as Grease (you can still sing along to the tunes).

De Brakke Grond, De Engelenbak and Frascati are all located on Nes, a narrow street running parallel to Rokin. De Brakke Grond promotes Flemish culture, you'll find productions by amateurs at De Engelenbak, while Frascati aims to push theatrical boundaries by bringing together trained actors, street performers and multimedia artists.

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