The annual Dutch Theater Festival (Nederlands Theater Festival or TF) is on again this year from August 30th to September 9th.
The 10 best Dutch drama performances of 2011 and 2012, as selected by a professional panel, and the 10 best Flemish drama performances, selected by their specialist panel, will be staged to give audiences one last chance to see them. The grand finale of the season is The Gala of Dutch Theatre at which the public-voted theater award AVRO Toneel Publieksprijs 2012, Louis d’Or and Theo d’Or Theater Awards will be presented.
There will also be 6 of the best youth theater performances vying to win the Gouden Krekel 2012 Award (Golden Cricket).
Four of the top performances have been subtitled in English, so they are accessible to those who don’t speak Dutch and Flemish. This year they are Alma (based on the muse and wife of Gustav Mahler) on September 3rd, Death of a Salesman (Arthur Miller’s famous play) on August 31st, Bimbo (a very modern investigation of how we look at women) on September 6th, 7th and 8th and Husbands (based on John Cassavettes’s film script) on September 8th.
All the performances will be held in or around the Leidseplein in central Amsterdam, including the venues Stadsschouwburg Amsterdam, Theater Bellevue and De Krakeling.
At the same time, there’s the Amsterdam Fringe Festival. This is 10 days of theater, music, dance and art. More than 80 theater groups will perform in 33 locations across the city. This being Amsterdam, expect the unexpected and the avant-garde. About half the program is dubbed ‘Language No Problem’ meaning it’s either in English or there is no or only minimal dialogue involved.
You can find all the information and a bookings on their website.