Open air comic theatre


This Dutch video is called G.A. Bredero (1585-1618) | Amsterdam, Nederland.

On Sunday 26 June 2011, various farcical plays were played by the Leydse Kluchten Compagnie, in the open air near St. Peter’s church in Leiden.

They included “The miller’s farce“, by well known seventeenth century Dutch author G.A. Bredero. Years ago, it had been played in Leiden near a real windmill, making the setting realistic. However, there was not really much space for spectators then.

The theme of many seventeenth century farces is marital infidelity. Which was illegal and punishable with corporal punishment then in the Low Countries, especially for women.

An actress told me that they play not just in Leiden, but also in many other places in the Netherlands; basically always in the open air.

Cuts hurt Leiden comic theatre: here.

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