The Stadsschouwburg is a prestigious theatre at Leidseplein in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It’s a neo-Renaissance style building dating back to 1894 and home to Toneelgroup Amsterdam, the largest theatre group of the Netherlands.
The Stadsschouwburg presents all major Dutch companies as well as young makers who are ready for the big stage. The Stadsschouwburg brings the great masters and enfants terribles from abroad to Amsterdam, presenting a combination of “serious pleasure”, a term borrowed from American art critic Robert Rosenblum.
The Stadsschouwburg wants to present theater makers who can teach their audience something (in the broadest possible sense of the word), who reflect on the social context with their art.
The Stadsschouwburg is also a permanent location of several major festivals, including their own international festivals Firehorses, Brandstichter and Julidans, but also the Holland Festival and the Dutch Theater Festival.