The 5 best places for theatre in Rotterdam

1) Theater Walhalla

People were once dancing through the night to the sounds of a barrel organ in Dancing Walhalla. A grassroots initiative led to the establishment of a small theatre here, in 2008. An appealing programme with performances, cabaret and music for all ages and by talented artists resulted in an expansion across the street, where an extra hall and restaurant were built in the former harbour workers’ canteen.

Theater Walhalla

2) Rotterdamse Schouwburg

There are over 500 theatre and dance performances at the Rotterdamse Schouwburg every year, which is the home base of well-known theatre companies such as the Scapino dance company and Theater Rotterdam. The Schouwburg also has plenty of space for young theatre makers who need room and support to develop their talents (see: www.productiehuisrotterdam.nl).

performance at Rotterdam Theater

3) Theater t' Kapelletje

Local amateur theatre groups run this small theatre, located in an old chapel. You can see plays by the organisers on most weekends. Theatre, dance and cabaret performances by other companies are booked for the rest of the year. There’s a blues and jazz night every second Wednesday of the month. To get to the theatre, walk through the gate between Schiekade 45 and 47.

theatre play at t' Kapelletje in Rotterdam

4) Oude Luxor Theater

Built as an art deco-style cinema in 1917, Het Oude Luxor became the city’s central place for accessible theatre in the decades that followed. The programming now includes plays, cabaret and music (theatre). A second and larger location, Het Nieuwe Luxor, opened in 2001 at Kop van Zuid (Posthumalaan 1). Visit the website for the programme of both locations.

art-deco style Luxor theatre

5) Maaspodium

Children, teenagers and adolescents are the main audience of this family theatre, which is run by several theatre groups that focus on youth theatre. Expect a wide variety of plays, dance and music performances, and location-specific theatre. Parents are invited to join.

exterior of Maaspodium

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