Poets and Playwrights

I was at Dylan Hotel last weekend, and photographed this sculpture in the entrance courtyard. I didn’t have time to delve into what it was really about until today.

The statue commemorates Hooft, Coster and Vondel who were all playwrights and pioneers of Dutch Theatre in the 16th and 17th centuries.

This was the site of the city’s first theatre, the Schouwburg van Campen, where Vondel’s most famous play Gijsbrecht van Aemstel was first performed.

The gate  you pass through  to get to the Hotel is still known as the “Theatre Gate” (schouwburgpoort), but the theatre burnt down in 1772. The new theatre was built on Leidseplein.

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