We love our history, which goes back to Wim Kan and Wim Sonneveld. We love our building with its red chairs and gold-framed stage. We love our staff, our actors and of course our guests. But we also love theatre in our everyday life. Singing cyclists and dancing couples. Canals filled with boats and pilots for kings. We believe theatre makes life that much better. That is why we put the theatre around us in the limelight. Whether your stage is the street or hall one.
DeLaMar has a theatre history that speaks to the imagination. Reputable names such as Wim Kan, Wim Sonneveld and Freek de Jonge used to perform in the former Nieuwe de la Mar Theater at the Leidseplein. The theatre began collaborating with the adjacent Bellevue in 1987 which gave rise to the Bellevue/Nieuwe de la Mar theatre combination. After many years of presenting beautiful shows it became clear that the building was in need of a considerable renovation. The Theatercombinatie Bellevue/Nieuwe de la Mar formulated a plan for a comprehensive renovation together with VandenEnde Foundation in 2003. The first pile was driven into the ground on 9 September 2008. On 28 November 2010, then queen Beatrix opened the new building, which was renamed DeLaMar Theater. Since then, the public can once again enjoy beautiful musicals, impressive theatre and hilarious cabaret. Great successes include the summer comedies with Tjitske Reidinga and the musical Hij Gelooft In Mij, based on the life of Dutch icon André Hazes.
DeLaMar is an initiative by VandenEnde Foundation (in Dutch). During the launch of the VandenEnde Foundation in 2001, Joop and Janine van den Ende presented their long-term vision for the Foundation. They believed the Foundation would have to obtain its own physical location to do justice to their goals: developing young talent, cultural entrepreneurship and cultural education. When DeLaMar Theater opened its doors to the public on 28 November 2010, that original vision was realized almost ten years later with their very own theatre. A home of culture where the offering of high-quality and appealing theatre meets stimulation of talent and cultural entrepreneurship.
The VandenEnde Foundation is the private cultural fund of Joop and Janine van den Ende. VandenEnde Foundation’s mission is to promote cultural entrepreneurship. Cultural institutions are stimulated to take new initiatives and strengthen their entrepreneurial qualities. In addition, the Foundation supports individual artists with scholarships for further development of their talents.
Since February 2012, DeLaMar is in possession of the Green Key certificate at the highest ‘gold’ level. Our Green Key certificate represents DeLaMar's commitment to do more about the environment than stipulated by law. DeLaMar also contributes socially by collaborating with JINC, an organisation that helps young people obtain a good position on the labour market. We would like to tell you more about DeLaMar Theater and sustainability.