A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens' seasonal tale of the redemption of Ebenezer Scrooge is told by master storyteller Ashley Ramsden. He plays all 23 characters and the atmosphere of Victorian London is enhanced with sound effects and music.
Het Paradijs, Schouwburg, The Hague, December 12, 17 and 21 (matinee and evening).
The evening performances are followed by a table d'hote hosted by Mr Scrooge. For any dietary requirements, send an email to email@example.com
The multi-talented Ashton Brothers combine clowning, acrobatics, slapstick, magic, playing a range of instruments, singing and dancing to surprising and very funny affect. Their new show, Treasures, marks their 10th anniversary. While it does contain a few old numbers - well worth seeing again - most of it is brand new.
Stadsschouwberg, Haarlem, December 10 and 11; Schouwburg, Amstelveen, December 20; Schouwburg, Leiden, January 8 and 9; Nieuwe Luxor Theater, Rotterdam, January 16, 17 and 18.
The great French singer-songwriter will perform in Amsterdam for the first time since 2002. Now 89 years old, Aznavour's career has lasted 60 years during which he made over 100 albums and wrote 1200 songs.
The first concert on December 14 is sold out and a second date has been added.
Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, December 15.
World Christmas Circus in Theater Carré in Amsterdam features 'the world's greatest clown', Bello Nock who was the star of the American Barnum & Bailey Circus for eight years. This year for the first time Vietnamese artists are among the acrobats and aerial acts. It offers dressage with horses and a dog act.
Theater Carré, Amsterdam, December 12 to January 5.
Christmas Circus in a tent on the Malieveld in The Hague includes a ballerina who dances on point on her partner's shoulders and head, humour from three Ukranian clowns and a group of Chinese girls who balance on everything to each other to bicycles. It offers ponies, llamas and dogs.
Malieveld, The Hague, December 20 to 30.
Christmas Circus Ahoy offers all the usual acrobats, aerial artists and clowns, but this one has an elephant act.
Ahoy, Rotterdam, December 20 to 29.
Winter Circus in Utrecht includes breakdance and hiphop comedy by the Starbugs and high wire and trampoline acts among the acrobatics. It offers dressage with horses and with cows.
Tent, Jaarbeurs, Utrecht, December 21 to January 5.
Cascade is circus in a theatre with traditional and modern acts. It includes jugglers, wire walkers and acrobats. Presented on the stage of the Stadsschouwburg, it makes up for its small scale with theatre effects and the artistry of its acts.
Stadsschouwburg, Utrecht, December 21 to 30.
Moscow Circus on Ice presents acrobats and trapeze artists surrounded by clowns and dancers on ice skates, packaged in spectacular costumes and lighting effects.
World Forum, The Hague, December 26 and 27.
Circus Stiletto 2
Dutch diva Ellen ten Damme surrounds herself with some first-rate international circus acts and proves she's no slouch when it comes to acrobatics. As with her first show of the same name, her choice of songs is eclectic and her suppleness spectacular.
Chassé Theater, Breda, December 17 to 30; Schouwburg, Arnhem, January 2 and 3.
A live broadcast from the Donmar Theatre in London of a new version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus. Tom Hiddleston (of Loki fame) plays the title role of the successful warrior who fails miserably when it comes to politics. Mark Gatiss is his nemesis Menenius and Deborah Findlay his overbearing mother, Volumnia. The director is Josie Rourke.
Pathé cinemas, The Hague and Groningen, January 30.
In The New Houdini, one of the world's greatest illusionists presents a new version of his spectacular show which includes several of Houdini's old tricks. Klok has added new illusions, in many of which he makes girls disappear and reappear at lightning speed. One of the highlights is Klok 'flying' across the stage on invisible strings and through a hoop.
RAI Theater Carré, December 20 to 22.
International Circus Festival
With international circus acts competing for the Golden Artist award, this is an opportunity to see a wide range of artists, ranging from clowns, feats of strength and fire-eating to aerial acts and tightrope walking. It is also the place to see young, promising talent show what they can do.
The animal acts include a group of horses, a herd of goats and a family of dogs.
Go Planet, Enschede, December 21 to 29.
Long Day's Journey Into Night
Eugene O'Neill's ultimate family tragedy is performed in Dutch with English surtitles. It is stars Roeland Fernhout, Marieke Heebink, Ramsey Nasr and Gijs Scholten van Aschat. The director is Ivo van Hove.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam, December 12.
The American comedian and self-styled 'patron saint of outsiders' brings her Mother show to the Netherlands. She aims to celebrate non-conformism with what could be described as 'slow comedy', full of pauses and lots of face-pulling. Check her out on youtube.
Comedy Theater, Amsterdam, December 13.
Orange Tea Theatre Company
The company specialises in the performance of modern plays in the English language and runs a season of staged readings each season.
Waterstones, Amsterdam, December 10.
Titanic & The Man Who Planted Hope
The British storyteller Ashley Ramsden relates the story of the doomed ship Titanic, using it to elaborate on the universal question of the way we live and how this affects the environment and our own survival.
It is followed by The Man Who Planted Hope, a 25-minute long story of a man who transforms a barren wasteland into a living 'green' environment.
Het Paradijs, Schouwburg, The Hague, December 18 and 20.
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