The Leidse Schouwburg was built in 1705 on the initiative of actor Jacob van Rijndorp and is the oldest theatre of the Netherlands still in use. It has remained in use as a theatre ever since. The theatre hall has a classic bonbonnière shape and was inspired by Italian theatres. The hall has two balconies and provides space to 540 visitors. The amazing atmosphere is partly created by the traditional red plush, the chandeliers and gold ornaments. This makes the Leidse Schouwburg a unique conference location.
The hall is built in the shape of a horseshoe and has the proportions of an egg. The stage is the spot where the audience is almost naturally drawn to. The actors seem bigger, which gives the entire audience the feeling that they are really close to the stage, while the actors experience the hall as if they can almost touch the audience. This creates a unique feeling of intimacy at this beautiful theatre location.
The Leidse Schouwburg creates a magnificent backdrop for presentations, performances, conferences or a memorable dinner on stage. In addition to the theatre hall, there are three smaller rooms: the charming Bonbonnière, the Jacob van Rijndorp foyer and Kamer 1705. These are rented for receptions, workshops and dinners for groups up to 75 people. On the ground floor, there is the new extended foyer (2015), suitable for intermissions and catering moments.
Meetings can be combined with a tour through this extraordinary building.
For big events and conferences, the Leidse Schouwburg can be used in combination with the Stadsgehoorzaal, the Breezaal and the Aalmarktzaal. Both of these extraordinary buildings are located within walking distance of each other. Due to the nature of these locations, the visitors will be assured of excellent seating comfort.
The Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden and the Leidse Schouwburg have been certified with the Golden Green Key.
The Leidse Schouwburg is situated adjacent to the water, right in the middle of the city centre of Leiden, at about a 10-minute walk from Leiden Central Station. A unique parking system with free shuttle buses brings visitors from the Haagweg car park to the front door within a few minutes. The Schouwburg is also easily accessible by boat.