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New Anne Frank play comes to Amsterdam

The play, entitled ‘Anne’, will be the first time audiences can experience a play created directly from Frank’s actual writings as the Anne Frank Fonds, which holds the copyright to Anne Frank’s official diary, has granted special permission to the play’s director Robin de Levita.

While the play will be initially performed by actors in Dutch, English-speaking visitors in Amsterdam on couples river cruising holidays will be able to enjoy headphone translations from July alongside a synopsis for computer tablets and smartphones.

Something new

The play looks to provide something entirely new and re-establish the name of Anne Frank as it hopes to bring her story to a wider audience. A whole new theatre space has been created for the performance, which is to be accessed by audience members by ship from Amsterdam’s Central Station. The 1,100-seat theatre will feature a revolving house that twists to reveal the famed secret annex.

The play explores areas of the diary never before depicted to an audience as the script’s writers, the famed Dutch literary couple Leon de Winter and Jessica Durlacher, include Anne Frank’s own words and some passages excluded from the original published diary.

Tickets for the play range from €20-70, with the Fond’s licensing fees going straight to UNICEF, the U.N. children's fund. While the play’s opening night, to be attended by the Dutch King Willem Alexander and the nearest living relative of Anne Frank, her cousin Buddy Alias, has sold out, there is still plenty of opportunity for guests of Emerald Waterways’ Rhine and

Moselle river cruises
to catch the production.

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