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AFAS Circustheater
Fortis Circustheater.jpg
AddressCircusstraat 4, 2586 CW
The Hague
Coordinates52°06′39″N 4°16′57″E / 52.110833°N 4.2825°E / 52.110833; 4.2825
Current useThe Lion King

The AFAS Circustheater is a Dutch theatre in Scheveningen, The Hague.

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)[1] 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.

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  1. ^ Not counting preview shows

Coordinates: 52°6′39″N 4°16′57″E / 52.11083°N 4.28250°E / 52.11083; 4.28250