One of Amsterdam’s newest theaters is the Theater Amsterdam, located just outside the city center. The theater was built specifically to host ANNE, a play about the last two years of Anne Frank’s life in Amsterdam during World War II. The contemporary structure now hosts a number of international productions in both Dutch and English.
The Theater Amsterdam features an all-glass facade that juts into the IJ river and blends in with other modern buildings in the area. The venue offers ample space, at 45,000 square feet (4,200 square meters), for productions with large scenery and modern theatrical techniques. The theater has also been awarded the international Golden Key Certificate for its sustainable construction and minimal burden on the surrounding environment.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Theater Amsterdam is a must-visit for thespians and modern architecture lovers.
- There are several on-site bars and restaurants with stunning views of the city.
- The theater offers a number of accessible parking spots.
How to Get There
Theater Amsterdam is located on the edge of the Jordaan district in the Westelijke Houthavens. It’s a 15-minute journey on city bus 48 or 248 from Amsterdam Central, on the IJ side, to the theater’s parking garage. If driving, there are 320 on-site parking spaces available.
When to Get There
Amsterdam sees most of its tourists during the summer, between June and September. Spring and autumn, while chilly, are better, less crowded times to visit the city. Theater Amsterdam hosts various productions, conferences, and events throughout the year; check their website for up-to-date information on events.
The Production of ANNE
ANNE is based on The Diary of Anne Frank, in which the titular character describes her thoughts and dreams during the darkest days of World War II. The teenager and her family hid in a secret annex in their house for two years before being betrayed and sent off to Nazi concentration camps. The play has taken the world by storm and offers interesting insight into the daily lives of those who were persecuted during the war.