The Leidse Schouwburg was built in 1705 on the initiative of actor Jacob van Rijndorp and is the oldest theater still in use in the Netherlands. It has been in continuous use as a theater ever since. The theater hall has a classic bonbonnière shape and is inspired by Italian theatres. The hall has two balconies and can accommodate 540 visitors. The special atmosphere is partly determined by the traditional red plush, the chandeliers and the golden ornaments. This makes the Leidse Schouwburg a unique conference location.

The hall is built in the shape of a horseshoe and has th…

The Leidse Schouwburg was built in 1705 on the initiative of actor Jacob van Rijndorp and is the oldest theater still in use in the Netherlands. It has been in continuous use as a theater ever since. The theater hall has a classic bonbonnière shape and is inspired by Italian theatres. The hall has two balconies and can accommodate 540 visitors. The special atmosphere is partly determined by the traditional red plush, the chandeliers and the golden 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 a point to which the audience is drawn, as it were. The actors appear larger, giving the entire audience the feeling of being very close to the stage and the actors experience the room as if they can touch the audience. This creates a unique sense of intimacy at this beautiful theater location.

The Leidse Schouwburg forms a fantastic backdrop for presentations, performances, conferences or an unforgettable dinner on stage. In addition to the theater hall, there are three smaller rooms, the atmospheric Bonbonnière, the Jacob van Rijndorpfoyer and Room 1705. These are rented out for meetings, receptions, workshops and dinners for groups of up to 75 people. The new, extended foyer (2015) is located on the ground floor, suitable for breaks and catering moments.

Meetings can be combined with a tour of the special building.

For large events and conferences, the Leidse Schouwburg can be combined with the Stadsgehoorzaal, the Breezaal and the Aalmarktzaal. The two special buildings are within walking distance of each other. Due to the nature of the locations, visitors are assured of excellent seating comfort.

The Stadsgehoorzaal Leiden and the Leidse Schouwburg are certified with the Golden Green Key.

The Leidse Schouwburg is located on the water, right in the center of Leiden, about a 10-minute walk from Leiden Central Station. A unique parking system with free shuttle buses brings visitors from parking location Haagweg in front of the door in a few minutes. The Schouwburg is also easily accessible by boat.

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