For an upscale cultural evening, consider attending a performance at the Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam's city theater. The neo-Renaissance-style building dates back to 1894 and is the former home of the National Ballet and Opera.
The Stadsschouwburg presides over the west side of Leidseplein. With 1,200 seats, its horseshoe-shaped auditorium exudes 19th century luxury. Inside, grand stairs, red velvet curtains and shimmering chandeliers contribute to a regal ambiance. The Stadsschouwburg is home to Toneelgroep Amsterdam, one of Holland's largest theater companies, renowned for performing both classic masterpieces and modern dramas. Outside the theater's stunning entrance, street musicians often perform, capitalizing on the great acoustics of the arcade in front of the building. Buy tickets at the box office in Leidseplein or at the UitBuro.