Do you love the theatre but don't speak Dutch? Fear not: Amsterdam has a whole range of great surtitled theatre on offer.
Amsterdam is widely recognised for its high-quality offerings in theatre, opera and comedy. Naturally, most of these performances are in Dutch, but – as the city has a large population of international newcomers and visitors from across the globe – many of these Dutch shows have English surtitles (like subtitles, but above the stage).
Every opera performance at the coveted Dutch National Opera & Ballet is surtitled in English (and Dutch), giving non-Dutch-speaking opera fans a chance to experience the venue’s traditional and innovatively staged operas. The Toneelgroep Amsterdam (TGA) – the country’s largest repertory company – provide English surtitles at their Thursday-evening performances at the Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, a stunning neo-Renaissance -style building that dates back to the late 19th century. In August, all of TGA’s performances at the theatre are surtitled, but it is important to check the programme beforehand.
You can also find English surtitles at some of Royal Theatre Carré’s opera performances, and the Dutch storytellers and comedians who regularly perform at the Mezrab Cultural Centre – an artistic hub for bards and bohemians – typically display English translations. De Kleine Komedie – the city's oldest theatre, dating back to 1788 – occasionally hosts performances with English surtitles, too. You can check at the theatre's box office (or the AUB Ticket Shop on Leidseplein) for more information – just ask about 'Language No Problem' shows.
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