English Program

Zuiderstrandtheater is very pleased to present you with a wide range of performances and events which are suitable for non-Dutch speakers.

In this overview below you will find a selection of highlights of this and the next season. It is also possible to order your tickets by telephone via our box office 070 8800333.


Highlights in Zuiderstrandtheater and Nieuwe Kerk


Tap Factory
Urban percussion and acrobatic tap dance

Tap dance, percussion, acrobatics and hip hop: the theatre hit Tap Factory has it all. This lauded international production is best described as a mix of Stomp, the Blue Man Group and Tap Dog, with the main ingredients being unprecedented rhythms, steamy percussion and dizzying footwork. The final result is a world-class dance spectacle with dance battles and impressive acrobatic feats.

Wednesday April 11
8.00 pm

The Naghash Ensemble
Songs of Exile


The Naghash Ensemble combines the earthy spirituality of Armenian folk song, new classical music, contemporary post-minimalism and the energy of rock and jazz. Three brilliant female vocalists and some of Armenia’s finest instrumentalists on duduk, oud, dhol and piano play new music based on sacred texts by the medieval Armenian mystic poet and priest, M’krtich Naghash.

Written by Armenian-American composer John Hodian, The Naghash Ensemble’s “Songs of Exile” is a profound meditation on man's relationship to God from the perspective of a monk forced to live in exile for many years. Part folk music, part classical and profoundly moving.

“East meets West and antiquity meets modernity in this collection of ruminations, lamentations and incantations. Highly intriguing yet accessible.” — NPR

"Composer John Hodian brings the poems of the 15th century Armenian priest M’krtich Naghash to life. The songs are unmistakably Armenian, but out of this world." — Armenisch-Deutsche Korrespondenz

Saturday April 24
8.15 pm
Nieuwe Kerk

Paco Peña
Requiem for the Earth

Paco Peña embodies both authenticity and innovation in flamenco. As guitarist, composer, dramatist, producer and artistic mentor he has transformed perceptions of this archetypal Spanish art form.

Born in the Andalucian city of Córdoba, Paco Peña began learning guitar from his brother at the age of six and made his first professional appearance at the age of 12. In the late 1960s he left Spain for London, where his recitals of flamenco music captured the public imagination.

Paco Peña’s Requiem for the Earth, commissioned for the 2004 Salisbury Festival, is a powerful musical expression of the idea that our existence on this earth is ephemeral. In due time we all pass away, and most of us live in the expectation that a new generation will take over, and that life, as we know it, will continue as if forever. But Paco’s flamenco requiem takes us beyond the traditional Catholic liturgy, with its Lux Aeterna, its Dies Irae, Libera Me and Agnus Dei, for whereas the Requiem Mass expresses the hope that contrite souls will find their place in heaven on the Day of Judgement, and hence a faith in life everlasting, Paco’s requiem is a requiem for life on this planet.

Thursday 3 May
8.00 PM

Friday 4 May
8.30 PM

Strut & Fret

Welcome to an exotic illogical world, where peculiar characters wait on the edge of false awakening. A with the whisper of spirits and domination, illusion, suspension; LIMBO is boundless.

An intoxicating mix of cabaret, circus and acrobatics, LIMBO continues to seduce audiences worldwide with a celebration of otherworldly proportions.

Directed by Scott Maidment, and presented in the magnificent 1920s inspired Spiegeltent, LIMBO whisks audiences into a sinister netherworld of gut-churning contortion, breath-taking acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts. Music is a dominating force of the production, with New York’s Sxip Shirey composing exclusive music for the show with his ecstatic melodies, irreverent electric-acoustic noise and playful, sexy beats. Sxip is accompanied by exceptional musicians Mick Stuart and Eamon McNelis.

LIMBO’s stunning international cast also features: Coney Island’s sword swallower and vintage beauty, Heather Holliday; French gravity-defying Chinese pole master, beatboxer and clown, Mikael Bres; Australia’s acrobatic dancing sensation Hilton Denis; the exquisite French-Canadian aerialist, Evelyne Allard; the unstoppable hand balancer Danik Abishev; and introducing French mind-bending contortionist and acrobat, Aurelien Oudot.

Don’t miss your chance to see the show so hot, Madonna came twice.

Thursday May 10
8.00 pm

Welcome To Your Life

From their home port Northampton, Massachusetts (USA) this renowned senior citizen chorus has been touring the world, from California to Japan and from Portugal to New Zealand, since 1982. Accompanied by a steaming rock band under the inspiring leadership of Bob Cilman, these senior yet energetic members, ranging in age from 73 to 90, perform classic pop and rock songs as if they were written especially for them. In a totally unique way they play Tears for Fears, Leon Russell, Talking Heads and Radiohead.
and many others. A musical explosion that transcends all stereotypes about age, generation gaps and music genres.

Wednesday May 30
8.00 pm


Groupe Acrobatique De Tanger

Astonishing and exhilarating acrobatics
Tangier’s beach is where acrobats come to train: it is a unique tradition in Morocco. There are many ‘troupes’ and families that perform acrobatics at the very highest level. Sanae El Kamouni brought these acrobats into contact with European theatre makers, and consequently established the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger. Their first show, ‘Taoub’, was a resounding success. Since then, the company has been touring internationally, performing at sold-out venues for very enthusiastic audiences.

For their fourth and brand-new show called ‘Halka’, the company returns to the beach, as a place where bodies are concealed or proudly displayed. Where people come to play, to flirt and to relax. The beach, as an eternally empty page where all footsteps are continually wiped out by the wind. And what better place to perform this show, than on the beach at Scheveningen?

For this show, the Groupe acrobatique de Tanger joined forces with Abdeliazide Senhadji, the ‘godfather’ of acrobatics in Morocco and the inspirational force behind the famous circus collective Compagnie XY, which treated a sold-out Zuiderstrandtheater to a rousing show last year. This show again promises to be an exceptional experience created by twelve acrobats, singers and musicians. Together they are determined to defy the laws of gravity.

This show will take place in The Hague Beach Stadium.

Saturday June 2
8.00 pm
The Hague Beach Stadium

Sunday June 3
2.30 pm
The Hague Beach Stadium

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