The Zuiderstrandtheater in The Hague was always intended as a temporary theatre, built to replace the Lucent Danstheater and the Dr Anton Philipszaal. The theatre opened its doors in 2015 with a diverse programme of dance, music, opera, cabaret, shows and family performances. In addition to its own programmes, Zuiderstrandtheater had two in-house companies, Nederlands Dans Theater and Residentie Orkest. Zuiderstrandtheater also organised concerts in Nieuwe Kerk.
Zuiderstrandtheater is now Amare
The former Zuiderstrandtheater (Stichting Dans- en Muziekcentrum) is now Stichting Amare, having final responsibility for the exploitation and programme of Amare on Spuiplein. Amare is also the new house of Residentie Orkest, Nederland Dans Theater and the Royal Conservatoire.
Big in dance, music and opera
Particularly striking for the Zuiderstrandtheater was the extensive offer of dance and music performances and operas. In fact, Zuiderstrandtheater staged the largest number of operas in the Netherlands after the Muziektheater in Amsterdam, and it occupied a similarly unique position with respect to dance and classical music. A wide-ranging city-based programme also featured prominently at Zuiderstrandtheater, as did in-house productions such as musical theatre pieces in collaboration with Kwekers in de Kunst and the Residentie Orkest.
Zuiderstrandtheater had many collaboration partners, such as Kwekers in de kunst, Paard, Korzo, Holland Dance Festival, De Dutch Don't Dance Division, Muziekcentrum 1001 Nachten, Nationale Theater, Multicultureel Jongerengeluid, Stichting Dosti, SHON, Samen UIT, Haags HipHop Centrum, DesiYup and of course the in-house companies Residentie Orkest and Nederlands Dans Theater.