This article needs additional citations for verification. (January 2017) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
|Address||Circusstraat 4, 2586 CW|
|Current use||The Lion King|
The original theatre was opened on July 16, 1904 by Circus Schumann. Designed by architect Wilhelmus Bernardus van Liefland, the building was as a proper circus in the summer seasons until the 1960s. Animals were transported here by train from Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station. The circus has also carried the name Circus Strassburger, and after the 1960s functioned as a concert hall. Currently the theatre is property of the company Stage Entertainment, founded by Joop van den Ende, who bought the building for the symbolic amount of 1 guilder off the Municipality of The Hague on the condition that it would be converted into a functioning theatre. It is now mainly in use for big musical productions.
Caused by change of ownership and sponsorship the theatre underwent multiple name changes.
- VSB Circustheater - Until 2004.
- Fortis Circustheater - The Fortis name was used until 2010. Because of the acquisition of Fortis by ABN AMRO, the company name changed from Fortis Circustheater to Circustheater B.V.
- AFAS Circustheater - From 2010 onward. 'Royal Loge' changed to 'AFAS Loge'.
Productions that have been shown for longer periods of time in the Circustheater are:
|Show||Premiere (in Circustheater)||Last show||Notes|
|Les Misérables||December 6, 1991||May 24, 1992||Opened originally on February 28, 1991 at Carré Theatre.|
|The Phantom of the Opera||August 15, 1993||August 3, 1996|
|Miss Saigon||November 24, 1996||July 4, 1999|
|Elisabeth||November 21, 1999||July 22, 2001|
|Aida||October 21, 2001||August 3, 2003|
|The Sound of Music||September 9, 2003||January 9, 2004||Continuation of the original tour premiering on September 23, 2002 at Carré Theatre.|
|The Lion King||April 4, 2004||August 27, 2006|
|Beauty and the Beast||September 2006||January 13, 2007||Continuation of the original tour premiering on Oktober 2, 2005 at Carré Theatre.|
|Tarzan||April 15, 2007||May 24, 2009||European premiere.|
|Ciske de Rat||June 25, 2009||November 29, 2009||Continuation of the original tour premiering on Oktober 7, 2005 at Carré Theatre.|
|Mary Poppins||April 11, 2010||August 28, 2011|
|Wicked||November 6, 2011||January 11, 2013|
|Sister Act||March 3, 2013||August 10, 2014|
|Billy Elliot||November 30, 2014||November 7, 2015|
|Beauty and the Beast||December 13, 2015||September 4, 2016||Revival production.|
|The Lion King||October 30, 2016||Currently playing. Revival production.|
|Anastasia||only announced||only announced|
- In honour of its 100-year anniversary, Madurodam unveiled a replica of the building on October 5, 2004.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Circustheater.|
- Not counting preview shows
|This article about a theatre building in Europe is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|