On stage in amsterdam

Amsterdam is packed with options for lovers of the stage and the performing arts.

The performing arts & comedy scene in Amsterdam

There's more than just music, festivals and exhibitions entertaining English-language audiences in Amsterdam. The city has a renowned stage scene that encompasses opera, ballet, modern dance, theatre and comedy. For example, Amsterdam's opera and ballet talents are renowned around Europe, the city is a playground for experts in the field of modern dance, you can experience the very best of international and Dutch theatre with English surtitles, more and more West End and Broadway musicals are making it across in their original versions, while top stand-up comedians from the UK, US and beyond are taking to the stage in Amsterdam.

So find out what's happening on stage in Amsterdam by exploring the sections below. Or search I amsterdam's cultural agenda to find out what's on.

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The best of the performing arts in Amsterdam


Considering its compact size, Amsterdam is absolutely packed with theatre venues – from plush and iconic theatres in the city centre to ultra-modern a...

Surtitled theatre

Do you love the theatre but don't speak Dutch? Fear not: Amsterdam has a whole range of great surtitled theatre on offer.


Laugh it up with top comedy talents in Amsterdam. Be it the Amsterdam-based comics of Boom Chicago and Toomler or top touring acts from the UK and US,...

Opera performances

With large-scale staged productions and intimate vocal sessions, opera fans can certainly get their fill in Amsterdam.


In Amsterdam you'll find that there is a great tradition of ballet, led by the Dutch National Ballet. This world renowned troupe can be seen performin...

Modern dance

The modern dance scene in Amsterdam (and the Netherlands) is particularly vibrant. As such, Amsterdam frequently plays host to both cutting-edge chore...