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Het Laagland abroad

Het Laagland creates unique family theatre that takes children seriously, tickles teenagers and touches adults. We encourage children and adults to discover their own passion and motivation: who are you, what can you do and what do you want to go for?
The audiences, programmers, teachers and press admire our layered stories with inspiring titles that appeal to everyone's imagination. The consistent quality distinguishes Het Laagland from others. Our shows attract a wide public of all ages. Laagland’s energetic theatre group, with its passionate actors, tours numerous theatres in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and France. Our shows are making an impression beyond Europe, which resulted in playing in New York in the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Het Laagland creates theatre that makes you grow. Come and grow with us!

The Peter Pan Experience

For everyone between 8 and 108 years old

A quirky family production for both high-flyers and low-flyers. Surely unmistakably recognisable for anyone who deals with, is or wants to become an adult.

A stage filled with nightstands and floor lights. This is Neverland, a twilight zone between dreaming and waking. Anything could happen here. Anything you can see or can imagine. If you are not able to do that anymore, your invisible host Peter Pan is there to help you to find it again. Five adults will be dropped in Neverland. They lost their power of imagination. Neverland will become the adventure of their lives.

Classy suits and barefoot outrage. Black ties become Indian feathers and the adults are having fun and dare to dream again. Playfully they lose just enough ground under their feet to fly like their host. Visuals, music, singing, dancing and special effects. On the edge of your seat we take you from one surprise to another one. Peter Pan has all kinds of tricks to give these adults a good dust-off. This show is recognizable for anyone who is or has to deal with an adult. And who will become one.

Together with Junges Ensemble Stuttgart, Laagland director Inèz Derksen already developed a successful version of Expedition Peter Pan in 2012. This eccentric German version now has a sassy Dutch sister.

Reviews from programmers

Baboró International Arts Festival for Children, Galway, Ireland:
"Everyone who has come into our office the last few days has been raving about the show, it's the most talked about and loved show I think we've ever had and we're so grateful to you for coming here. Our audiences certainly did embrace the show - the reaction was amazing! I went to a school show on Friday, and the children were bouncing in their seats, dancing along, laughing at everything and they absolutely loved it. It was one of my all time highlights at our festival. It was just the happiest moment. Went to see the show a second time on Sunday and loved it even more. It's just a fantastic show, my face hurt from smiling afterwards and we were all so full of joy. Such a lovely company, great people, and it was a pleasure to have them here. After storm Ophelia and the unfortunate start to the festival, Het Laagland was definitely just what we needed!"

Press reviews
**** De Volkskrant 23-02-2015

**** 21-02-2015

Production details
Family theatre for everyone between 8 and 108 years old | Duration: 70 minutes.

Cast & crew
Concept: Inèz Derksen & Christian Schönfelder | Director: Inèz Derksen | Cast & Script: Aafke Buringh, Lennart Monaster, Gijs Nollen, Folmer Overdiep & Anne Rats / Kim Berkenhagen / Kiki van Aubel | Stage design: Bas Zuyderland | Costume: Jorine van Beek | Dramaturgy: Ludo Costongs

For bookings or further information about the play, please contact Simone Mager by email at or +31 (0)46 400 72 73

This Laagland production can be performed both in German, English and Dutch.

The Little Cowboy

A wild-western for little cowboys and big bandits

This Western with Dutch roots is about being small in a big world. The Little Cowboy takes you on an adventure full of macho cowboys and singing cactuses, complete with a gritty soundtrack and live sound effects.

Once upon a time, actually quite recently, there lived a dead normal boy on a dead normal farm. With cows and buckets, tractors and wild cats, lots of grass and at least seven dikes. His name is Boy. And Boy has one special cow. The cuddly cow, Cow.

But suddenly Cow is gone. He is not in the shed and not in the field. In the distance, mooing can be heard. Is Cow being cownapped? Is he leaving? Boy doesn’t have a choice, but to pull on his bravest boots and follow.

So starts the adventure of Boy and Cow. Pasture changes to desert sand. Cars are no longer seen, replaced by horse draw postal carriages and here and there a bank robber galloping past. Boy lands in the Wildest Western and meets the strangest characters…

From the makers of ‘A Visitor for Bear’, winner of the Zilveren Krekel 2016.

Art director Lennart Monaster about his inspiration for the play:
“I loved playing cowboys, I love Western music and I love adventure. The Wild West is the place for rough adventures. But how do you do that as a little cowboy in a big, exciting world? Are you scared? Do you play big and shout with the big cowboys? Or do you find a different path? Do you have to be as hard as the world around you? Or can you turn it around? These questions pull me to the romance of the Wild West. The world is big and daring to stay small in such a world is a big adventure.”

Production details
Family theatre for everyone between 4 and 104 years old | Duration: 55 minutes.

Cast & crew
Director: Lennart Monaster | Cast: Gijs Nollen & Folmer Overdiep | Dramaturgy: Ludo Costongs | Music and sound design: Joris Erwich | Design: Douwe Hibma | Costumes: Liesje Knobel | Light design: Sander Salden | Art director’s assistant: Celine Daemen | Technique: Roger Foxius | Campaign photo: Gregor Ramaekers

For bookings or further information about the play, please contact Simone Mager by email at or +31 (0)46 400 72 73

This Laagland production can be performed both in German, English and Dutch.


For everyone between 8 and 108 years old.

Passionate theatre full of live music and singing! Courage, perseverance and self-belief. All boys and girls and their families get a good dose of these during GEORGE & THE DRAGON TAMERS.

The fire has been kindled! Five Dragon Tamers are going to surprise you. The wildest dragon business will be covered: What are dragons? How do you fight a dragon? And how to not only survive these monsters from well-known stories, but also the dragons that control your thoughts? Dragons of the stubborn kind that sneakily nestle in your mind. Dragons that, when it comes down to it, prevent you from doing what you really want to do. In this centuries-old story, George is the hero who kills a dangerous dragon. But what if George is not really a true hero? What if he is held back by dragon-voices in his head? This is the moment for the Dagon Tamers to fan the flames of the fire within George!

In GEORGE & THE DRAGON TAMERS the actors blend the legend of Saint George and the Dragon with the dragons of everyday life. They share their struggles and discoveries about dragons with you through storytelling and song. This scorching musical performance switches, with the speed of a rollercoaster, from panicky princesses to a tough boot camp for future dragon tamers. 

Family theatre from Het Laagland is known for attracting both parents and big brothers and sisters. The only condition is that you are 8 or have been 8 years old.

Press reviews
"Powerful dragon tamers at theatre company Het Laagland"
*** Local newspaper De Limburger, 6 March 2017

"Het Laagland looks straight in the dragon’s mouth"
**** National online newspaper De Theaterkrant, 10 March 2017

"George & the Dragon Tamers" is a great and energetic play with a clear message, without pointing a finger at anyone. This play not to be missed this season."
**** National online newspaper De Cultuurbarbaartjes, 13 March 2017

"Catchy courage abounds in energetic family show"
*** National newspaper De Volkskrant, 17 March 2017

Art director Inèz Derksen about the play
"For me, the dragon world is a fantastic theatrical metaphor for fear in your own mind. Dragons are those sides of yourself that keep you small, slow you down and prevent you from being who you really are. Fear is a bad advisor. Especially now that the world around us is changing. More than ever this is the time to transform uncertainty and fear into a strength that reinforces us, instead of dividing and weakening us. This is the moment to face the dragon that prevents us from doing what we really want to do and approach the world from our own bright inner fire. This group of talented and passionate Dragon Tamers make sure the audience will leave the theatre with their fires fanned.”

Production details
Discipline: Theatre, with live music | Age: suitable for 8 to 108 years | Duration: 75 minutes

Cast & crew
Art director: Inèz Derksen | Play & music: Joris Erwich, Karlijn Hamer, Freek den Hartogh/Lennart Monaster (alternately), Gijs Nollen and Folmer Overdiep | Dramaturgy: Ludo Costongs | Musical director: Joris Erwich | Design: Bas Zuyderland | Costumes: Jorine van Beek & Verdieping3, Inez Coonen (assistant) | Light design: Sander Salden | Art director’s assistant: Céline Hoex | Technicians: Roger Foxius, Thierry Wilders and Carlo Lenssen (trainee). With special thanks to Annelies van Wieringen and the team of Het Laagland.

For bookings or further information about this play, please contact Simone Mager by email at or +31 (0)46 400 72 73


For everyone between 4 and 104 years old

Welcome in Bear’s Den. No, wait. Not Welcome. Unwelcome in Bear’s Den. Because Bear absolutely does not like visitors. You may give Bear your theatre ticket, but rather not. You may sit down, but rather not. You certainly may not make any sound. Nor look at him too loudly. That’s disturbing. And looks like you’re visiting. And Visitors are Forbidden.

Bear lives quietly by himself in his den. His only company is his guitar-playing Cuckoo Clock on the wall. And that’s the way he likes it best. Besides, Bear has got only one coffee-cup and only one piece of cake and he’d rather eat that all by himself.

Until there’s a knock on the door. It’s Mouse, and he would like to pay a visit. And no matter how hard Bear tries, this Mouse just won't give up.

A musical comedy of manners, about everything you don’t know. About everyone you don't want in your house and don't want to share your cake with. But who might just be the best thing that ever happened to you.

Press reviews

Prestigious SILVER AWARD
A Visitor for Bear has won the prestigious Duth Silver Theatre Award called De Zilveren Krekel for best youth production in the Netherlands. This means the play is also nominated for the Dutch Golden Theatre Award De Gouden Krekel, which will be awarded in September 2016.

"It seems like such a simple story: angry bear does not want visitors but little mouse finds a way to intrude his house and life. Both are a little frantic in fighting for their goals, one wants to keep the stranger out by all means, the other finds every perceivable way of getting inside Bears household. Mouse is, besides a potential friend or threat, a drifter looking for shelter. And their you go; the refugee drama in a nutshell. It is this miniature drama young director Lennart Monaster handsomely magnified to a hilarious and moving slapstick-duo in a joyful setting full of detail. Actors Gijs Nollen (drifter mouse) and Folmer Overdiep (angry bear) have been an outstanding duo for years now at Het Laagland. In A Visitor for Bear they lift each other to greater heights, well supported by actor/guitarist Joris Erwich, who plays the cuckoo-clock inimitable.
One foot between these grey theater doors and you never want to leave these new found friends. Who, by the way, are also separated again. For it is better to take a risk than never to have had a strange visitor."
***** De Volkskrant

The chemistry between them is off the charts. a meritorious debut of Lennart Monaster. In between all the growling there’s a vulnerable Teddy bear pounding across the stage who, afraid of rejection, rather keeps potential friends out. However hard he tries to be horrible, in reality it’s really nice to be a visitor for Bear.
**** De Limburger

Production details
Family theatre for everyone between 4 and 104 years old | Duration: 55 minutes.

Cast & crew
Based on the picture book by Bonny Becker and Kady MacDonald Denton.
Director: Lennart Monaster | Writer: Lennart Monaster | Composer: Joris Erwich | Cast: Gijs Nollen, Folmer Overdiep & Joris Erwich | Set Designer: Udo Thijssen | Costume Designer: Jorine van Beek | Lighting Designer: Roland de Jong | Assistent Director: Rita Hoofwijk | Dramaturg: Ludo Costongs

For bookings and further information about this play, please contact Simone Mager by email at or +31 (0)46 400 7273.