Vincent Delaney's play is a comic look at the terminal un- and under-employed. Peter Hubbard and Daniela Spataru play serial job-seekers Louella and Orson and some of the bosses and co-workers they encounter during their misadventures in the job market.
Perdu, Amsterdam, June 8 and 9 (matinee).
De Parade consists of a large number of colourful tents which travel the four main cities. Most of the tents offer performances of music, theatre, dance, opera and mime, while others are restaurants or cafes. Whatever the weather, the circus-like atmosphere is a real treat.
And with performances taking between three and forty minutes, it's easy to fit in several each evening. Many are in Dutch, but there are also shows in English or without words.
Museumpark, Rotterdam, June 20 to 30; Westbroekpark, The Hague, July 5 to 14; Moreelsepark, Utrecht, July 19 to August 4; Martin Luther Kingpark, Amsterdam, August 9 to 25.
Written by Toni Morrison and directed by Peter Sellars, this is Shakespeare reimagined from the viewpoint of one of his great tragic heroines. Desdemona, played by Tina Benko, discusses in death the issues she never raises before her murder in Othello. The woman she talks to is her mother's African maid Barbary, played and sung by the Malian singer Rokia Traoré.
Muziekgebouw, Amsterdam, June 11, 12 and 13.
The Congelese author, actor and director and his 14-strong company Les Bruits de la Rue perform Shéda, a rapid and energetic piece of theatre in which fallen beings bear witness to the noises of the world, fear and solitude. The figures in Shéda confront each other, fall and get up again in search of water, the guarantee of survival in a world of drought and desolation.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, June 6 and 7.
This annual festival takes over the island of Terschelling and presents theatre in its widest meaning, outdoors in its woods and fields and on its sand dunes and golden beaches, and indoors in its barns and cafés.
The theme this year is A Sense of Place. Among those taking part are Hendrick Jan The Stuntman, singer Janne Schra and the Tall Tales Acrobatic Theatre group.
Terschelling, June 14 to 23.
Open Air Theatre
The open air theatre in Amsterdam's Vondel park presents a packed programme featuring pop and classical music concerts, dance ranging from ballet to the Lindy Hop and children's theatre. Among those appearing this summer are the Nederlands Dans Theater and popular pop group Moke.
Vondelpark, Amsterdam, June 2 to August 25.
The 7 Deadly Dutch Sins
Boom Chicago's new production takes a look at six sins the Dutch go in for and name the seventh, suggested by their online audience. It takes place in their new home on the Rozengracht in Amsterdam, it involves ten creative people, seven rooms, four floors and three comedians.
Boom Chicago, Amsterdam, from May 21 on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday until further notice.
Helen Mirren revisits the role of Queen Elizabeth, which brought her an Oscar in the film The Queen, but this time on stage. She plays the monarch at various ages in this play by Peter Morgan which imagines the conversations between Elizabeth and her prime minister at their weekly meetings. Elizabeth has lived through 12 prime ministers so far. Not all of them appear in the play. Among those that do are Winston Churchill, John Major and Margaret Thatcher.
Pathé Cinema, Amsterdam and The Hague, June 13.
West Side Story
The famous film from 1961 is being screened in a restored copy with live music from the Radio Philharmonic.
Theater Carré, Amsterdam, June 23.
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