Below is a list of some theatres in Amsterdam offering performances and shows where language is not a problem.
Performing eight hilarious shows a week year round, Boom Chicago is an electric mix of scripted scenes and improvisation combined with state-of-the-art lighting, music, video and new media. The comedy theater offers entertainment, surprise guests, audience participation, good meals and a popular bar. In the beginning of the 90s, a group of American immigrants in the lively Dutch capital decided to share their new idea with the world. They were bold and daring and needed large audience for whom they could perform. First, they formed the Boom Chicago group, naming it after their home home town. Boom Chicago started out as an improvisational comedy and sketch studio. Its founders skillfully mixed political satire with comedy and humor addressing the issues form the headlines.
The Vondelpark Openluchttheater
The Vondelpark Openluchttheater, Amsterdam’s largest and most famous city park, opens for a summer of its free concerts and performances from the beginning of July until the middle of August. 1500 seats distributed over three stands, and lots of park grass to lounge on with a picknick basket and some friends. A delightfully friendly, cultural and multi-cultural atmosphere, the Vondelpark open air theatre offers the public classical, pop and folk performances, dance classes in, salsa and roller disco, open-air film, and lots of street performers. Classic music on Thursday evening, Dance on Friday evening, Saturday afternoons there are workshops and in the evening cabaret, every Sunday you can listen to all kinds of music mixed with a little bit cabaret.
Het Muziektheater is the theatre of residence for De Nederlandse Opera (The Netherlands Opera) and Het Nationale Ballet (the Dutch National Ballet).
Bellevue Theatre is located in the Leidseplein - the so-called 'dramatic' area of Amsterdam. It has two stages – a big and a small one. The big stage is open for guest performances and also presents its own productions. Performances are often held at lunch-time about 5 times a week. Very popular among the locals, the Bellevue Theatre presents predominantly performances in Dutch. Since 2007, there is also the small stage. It is called Club Calotte and is home to diverse music performances, where you can listen to jazz, rock and pop music.
The ABC Treehouse, in the old warehouse of the American Book Center, provides space for meetings, events and exhibitions. It also offers frequent Open Mike Nights in English for poets, artists, songwriters, storytellers, singers, comedians, and writers. Performers must register in advance.
Felix Meritis Society
On the beautiful Keizersgracht, one finds the Felix Mertitis Society, founded in 1777 by the citizens of Amsterdam for the advancement of the arts and sciences. It offers international and intercultural performances, concerts, lectures and forums in the fields of Art & Media, Culture & Politics, and Education & Science.
CREA is the name of the cultural organization belonging to the University of Amsterdam. It unites young artists and innovators into various initiatives, one of most prominent among which is the Crea Theatre. Crea Theatre gives stage mainly to students' performances. It's located in the very heart of the city, on the campus of the University. Modern or Classical, the young spirit of the spectacles is really unique. The Theatre also hosts guest performances.
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