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Finally answers pressing questions from theatre history

Ever known that 'The wedding of Kloris and Roosje' was first performed in 1707, and that this is the forerunner of today's New Year's Eve conference? Thanks to the theatre encyclopaedia which can be found online from 1 September, these and many more facts can be found.

The Theaterinstituut Nederland (TIN) is the initiator and provides much of the site's content. The TIN's complete database of all performances performed in the Netherlands since 1900 can be found in the encyclopaedia. As well as visual material and audio and video clips. But that is not all. The encyclopaedia is also a wiki. Everyone can add, complement or improve something. This is how theaterencyclopedia.co.uk not only a place to get knowledge, but also to bring knowledge, according to the TIN.

The encyclopaedia is more than a search engine for facts. There are a number of extras. For instance, there is a gallery of honour with images, sound and texts by and about a select group of luminaries. Take Johnny Kraaijkamp. 'A hysterical man who can't do without the craft. 'It's a kind of insanity you know from great artists...' Or the jukebox, with songs from past and present. A Louis Davids from 1930, or rather a Freek de Jonge from 1970?

Besides songs, it also features radio plays, documentaries and cabaret. Another bonus is the timeline, which starts in 1638 at 'The first theatre opens with Vondel's Gijsbrecht'. In big jumps, you can then step through history. '2000: Urban arts become part of theatre arts. 2008: Johan Simons directs three operas. 2011: Premiere musical Maria at M-lab.'

The encyclopaedia is a great source of information for the enthusiast, in which you can get lost from link to link. And thanks to its wiki nature, it is also complete and up-to-date. Hopes the TIN.

Halbe Zijlstra? Yes, he's already in there.

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