Theatres in The Hague

The Hague has a rich variety of theatres and boasts a number of nationally renowned companies as well as a lively international performing arts scene.

This article will give you an overview of the most important stages and what they are specialised in, for example cabaret, musical or dance. At the end of the article you will find a list of neighbourhood theatres.

  • The Koninklijke Schouwburg is one of the oldest playhouses in the Netherlands. While it has its own production company, Het Nationale Toneel, many other (international) companies perform a wide variety of theatre, cabaret, musicals and family shows there as well. In Het Paradijs studio theatre you can see top-quality theatre brought to you by STET The English Theatre. Het Nationale Toneel also performs in the National Theatre Building around the corner in the Schouwburgstraat.
  • Theater aan het Spui aims to make visitors feel welcome and at home in its theatre. The 2 halls stage productions from all over the Netherlands as well as special performances featuring dance and music. It has a 3rd hall, Zaal 3 on De Constant Rebecqueplein, is a laboratory for theatre makers.
  • Theater Merlijn is the in-house theatre of the Rabarber Theatre School in the city centre. In addition to family and children’s productions by Rabarber, various amateur groups also perform in the theatre, which has space for 120 people.
  • At Kooman's Poppentheater in an old manor house on the Frankenstraat, audiences have been enjoying puppet theatre for more than 50 years. The theatre belonging to Frank Kooman is now run by Arjan Kooman and is well-loved in The Hague and surroundings.

Cabaret, literary theatre, musical and dance

  • Theater Diligentia on the Lange Voorhout has been a notion for 200 years. Visitors can enjoy live concerts there as well as cabaret and stand-up comedy. Theater PePijn also specialises in cabaret entertainment. Actors Paul van Vliet and Liselore Gerritsen started up Cabaret PePijn in this small theatre on the Nieuwe Schoolstraat in The Hague in 1964.
  • The Zuiderstrandtheater by the Scheveningen harbour is the temporary replacement for the Dr Anton Philipszaal and Lucent Danstheater. It stages classical concerts, dance performances, operas, pop concerts, family shows and musicals. The performance hall is the home base of the resident company the Nederlands Dans Theater and the Residentie Orkest.
  • The Korzo Theater is located on the Prinsestraat, in the heart of The Hague’s old city centre. The remodelled theatre houses a flourishing arts centre and a leading dance production house. In addition to dance, the theatre stages concerts and plays.
  • The AFAS Circustheater in Scheveningen can trace its history back 100 years and is nowadays known mainly for mounting exciting musicals by Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties.
  • Literary Theatre Branoul on the Maliestraat exudes the atmosphere of small theatres in Paris and Berlin. The performances are marked by an encounter between literature and theatre.
  • The World Forum Theatre on the Churchillplein has space for large-scale productions in The Hague, such as pop concerts, magic shows and (children’s) musicals.

Neighbourhood theatres

  • Theater De Vaillant in the Schilderswijk aims to reach a new audience for theatre and to offer a podium for local talent. The theatre is focused mainly on the residents of The Hague's Schilderswijk and Transvaal neighbourhoods with an immigrant background and on young people.
  • In the former swimming pool De Nieuwe Regentes on the Weimarstraat, you can enjoy theatre, music, dance and children's performances. De Regentes is the cultural heart of the Segbroek district and functions largely thanks to neighbourhood volunteers.
  • Theater Dakota is the theatre in the Escamp district. This theatre in a former high school on the Zuidlarenstraat also offers workspaces, a division of the Koorenhuis and a cinema of Filmhuis Den Haag.
  • The Laaktheater, formerly known as Theater Pierrot, is a small and intimate theatre in the Laak district. Its roots lie in children’s theatre but it has also been active as a so-called 'cultural anchor’ for the district since 2005. Projects with neighbourhood residents include the Laaks Wijktheater, Laaks Jeugdtheater and CrossTown Den Haag (urban dance).
  • The Zeeheldentheater on the Trompstraat (Zeeheldenkwartier) is focused mainly on children and youth. The theatre offers a stage to foundations and productions which foster encounters, integration and diversity in the neighbourhood.
  • The Zuiderparktheater is an open-air theatre in Zuiderpark. This theatre has been around for more than 80 years. The programme ranges from plays and children’s entertainment to stand-up comedy and music. In addition there are activities for children and workshops.
  • The DiamantTheater is the neighbourhood theatre in Mariahoeve. This theatre is located in a high school and regularly presents programmes for neighbourhood and area residents.

Published: 13 May 2016Modified: 27 August 2020