Koninklijk Theater Carre
Koninklijk Theater Carré
The history of Royal Theatre Carré is closely associated with the family Carré. This French/German dynastie of higly skilled riders and circusartists gave its first shows in France and Germany in the late 18th century.
The family Carré performed in the Netherlands for the first time in September 1863. They did an horse-act on the annual fair of Amsterdam. Three years later Wilhelm Carré got temporarly permission to build a small wooden circus, where they could show their acts. In 1874 Carré got permission to build a bigger and a more beautiful circus building, with a 14 meters cross-cut arena, a heated vestibule and lovely anterooms. But even this was after five years to small and they moved for the last time to its final destination Binnen-Amstel 125.
In honnour of the 100 year old anniversary, Carré received the unique permission to use the title 'Royal' . Instead of theatre Carré was named Royal Theatre Carré. The management changed as well; there was a better marketing policy and they strived for a better balance between the different forms of amusement; musical, cabaret, stage plays, international performances and spectacle. In October 1997 Hein J. Jens became the new director of Carré, and he would make an effort to make a better balance.
In 1991 the decision was made to renovate a big part of Carré. A huge renovation, which costed 20 million guilders. In 1993 the renovation was ready and Carré was changed from a circus with a small theatre accommodation, to a large theatre with circus accommodation. There now was a new and complete stage housing, modern dressing-rooms, office-space and a big basement with stables and storerooms. The stage was renovated as well. The preservation of the own, historical atmosphere was the most important issue during this renovation.
The last decade of the 20th century characterized Carré, mostly with the revival of the musicals like My fair aldy, West Side Story, Anatevka, Annie and Oliver. But also new productions like Joe and Evita were succesfull. Another revival was the ballet, like the Russian balletdansers from Kyrov and 'Ballet for Life' from Maurice Béjart.
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Koninklijk Theater Carré
1018 EM Amsterdam
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Route & Parking
Royal Theatre Carré is located in the centre of Amsterdam and is easy to reach by car, public transport or by boat. Click on the map to see where the theatre is located.
Parking Reservation Line
By calling the Parking Reservation Line you can quickly and easily book a space in an Amsterdam parking garage (Carré does not have her own parking garage). Call telephone number (0900) 202 2002 (70 euro cents pm), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. On payment of 3.25 euros with your credit card, you can reser¬ve a space in the parking garage of your choice or on the advice of the telephonist. You can book from one month in advance. It's also possible to book online (www.parkeerlijn.nl). Payment is made in the garage and at the regular parking price.
There are often road works or events in Amsterdam which make the city centre difficult to reach. Please take this into account if you travel to Carré by car. The latest news about accessibility and events can be found at Gemeente Amsterdam Verkeer & Vervoer
How to get there
From The Hague/Utrecht:
Take the A10 ring road to exit S112 direction Centrum.
After the roundabout (direction Centrum), you are on the Wibautstraat. Continue along this road until you approach a large square, the Rhijnspoorplein.
Get in the left-hand lane before the traffic lights and turn left over the viaduct onto the Mauritskade.
Cross the Amstel and take the first street (Oosteinde) on the right. At the end of this street turn right, recross the Amstel and turn left immediately after the bridge onto Amstel. Carré is at number 115-125.
Take the A10 ring road to exit S116 direction Centrum. Straight on after the IJ tunnel direction Centrum. At the roundabout (Mr Visserplein) take the second exit (Wees¬perstraat). Drive straight along this road to a large square (Rhijnspoorplein). Get in the right-hand lane at the traffic lights and turn onto the Mauritskade. Cross the Amstel and take the first street (Oosteinde) on the right. Turn right at the end of the street, cross the Amstel again and turn left immediately after the bridge on to Amstel. Carré is at number 115-125.
Parking with a discount
Visitors of Carré get a discount of 10% on the parkingtarif in
P1 Parking Waterlooplein right below the supermarket Albert Heijn (this is not valid for Markenhoven).
The adress is Valkenburgerstraat 238.
How to get the disccount?
You park your car in the parking and you take the ticket to Carré. In the cloackroom of Carré you get a stamp foor the discount. When you come back at the parking you put the parkingticket in the ticket machine. You automatically get a 10% discount.
- The discount is only valid for visitors of Carré.
- The vouchers are only valid in P1 Parking Waterlooplein
Here you can find a itinerary to the parking: P1 Waterlooplein
The nearest taxi rank is on the Fredericksplein, about four minutes walk from Carré. After the performance, you can ask the porter to order you a taxi. The watertaxi moors right in front of Carré's main entrance. For information and bookings: Lovers Watertaxi.
Trams and metro will get you to Carré in a quarter of an hour from Amsterdam CS and Amsterdam Amstel train stations. You have to go out of the tram or metro at the stop Weesperplein.
For information on train times, connections, fares and night trains to The Hague, Rotterdam, Utrecht and Arnhem call: Openbaar Vervoer Reisinformatie (0900) 9292 (70 euro cent pm) or visit www.9292ov.nl.
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