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Behind the scenes: Amsterdam theatre in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

In the Treasury, the City Archives display a number of masterpieces from the history of the theater, including original playlists. There are also documents that were saved from the fire of 1772, such as an engraving after Jacob Jordaens.

Free entrance

Behind the scenes: Amsterdam theatre in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Dates
Thu 25 Apr10:00 - 17:00
Fri 26 Apr10:00 - 17:00
Sat 27 Apr12:00 - 17:00
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Location
Stadsarchief Amsterdam - De Bazel
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
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Amsterdam theater

In 1637, a wooden theater was built on the Keizersgracht. This place would grow into Amsterdam's entertainment venue in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Amsterdammers from all walks of life visited the theater, which would prove to be a place of cultural innovation. Imaginative plays from all over Europe were performed here for a century and a half. Actors and especially actresses became the stars of the city. The theater was also a rich source of inspiration for Rembrandt and his students. On May 11, 1772, the theater burned to the ground. A new theater was built on Leidseplein.

Theater on the street and in warehouses

The presentation in the City Archives also shows that theater was not only made in the theater. Street theater was everywhere, such as at Vluizenburg, the beating heart of Jewish Amsterdam. Theater plays were performed there in warehouses and cellars. It could well be that Rembrandt was inspired here for his print The Triumph of Mordecai , which is also exhibited in the Treasury .

Rembrandtplein

Street theater was also a regular feature at the fair: from mid-September onwards it was always busy in the city in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. On the Botermarkt (now Rembrandtplein) visitors could see tightrope walkers, acrobats and street theater by traveling companies and admire exotic animals. The presentation shows these lively street scenes in a number of beautiful prints.

Simultaneously with the Treasury presentation, the exhibition Regie: Rembrandt can be seen in the Rembrandt House . An audio walk connects the exhibitions and passes places that tell about Rembrandt and theater life in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The (free) audio tour ends at the old Amsterdam theater, where The Dylan Amsterdam is now.

Dates and times

Thursday 25 April10:00 - 17:00
Friday 26 April10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 27 April12:00 - 17:00
Free entrance

Behind the scenes: Amsterdam theatre in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries

Dates
Thu 25 Apr10:00 - 17:00
Fri 26 Apr10:00 - 17:00
Sat 27 Apr12:00 - 17:00
More dates
Location
Stadsarchief Amsterdam - De Bazel
Vijzelstraat 32
1017 HL Amsterdam
show in Google Maps