The play captures raw emotions, showcasing a mixture of love, tension, laughter and fear
Annecurrently showing at the Amsterdam Theater, a purpose-built venue, is an emotional piece that brings the story of Anne Frank to life.
From moments of family strife and tension, to heartwarming moments and her transformation into a young woman, to the terrifying and heartbreaking moment of her discovery in the Secret Annex, the play explores the raw emotions and feelings that Anna so vividly details in her diary.
Anne Frank, played by actress Rosa da Silva, writes in her diary — photo by Kurt van der Elst
The Lifetime set allows customers to peek into Frank’s apartment on Merwedeplein, as well as see the Secret Annex from all angles. The building rotates 360 degrees. In addition, the musical score perfectly matches the tone of the performance. In addition, the performance includes photos, audio and videos from the Second World War.
For the first time in the history of the theater, excerpts from his diary are used in a play. Anne it even incorporates information found in the original, unedited journal.
AnneCreated with the initiative and collaboration of the Anne Frank Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, written by Jessica Durlacher and Leon de Winter. It is produced by Imagine Nation in collaboration with the Dutch National Theatre.
“We reveal a lot of things that no one else knows about,” says producer Kees Abrahams Anne and the founder of Imagine Nation, “But it wasn’t revealed before because the family didn’t allow it.”
Anne’s father, Otto Frank, was the only survivor of those who hid in the Secret Annex after the war. Anne’s diary was also saved thanks to family friend Miep Gies. Anna hoped that one day her diary would be published, and her dream came true.
While they were in hiding, he had already started editing the diary, so Otto released a version combining the original and edited ideas. However, he left out the sexual content and cut out text that might have defamed the lurkers, including Anna’s mother, Edith.
This production Anne Covers all versions of Anna’s story, reenacting material from her original diary completely uncensored.
The entire performance, including intermission, is just over three hours. Although the play is performed entirely in Dutch, it is still suitable for non-Dutch people. The theater offers a translation system that makes it easy for the audience to watch in eight different languages.
The system allows one to read a summary of each scene, enable subtitles, or listen to the audio version in the language of the guest’s choice. Simultaneous subtitles and audio follow the script in real time.
For times and tickets, visit the Amsterdam Theater website or the box office. Please note: Due to the sensitive subject matter, the theater advises that the performance is suitable for ages 12 and over only.
The performance combines beautifully with a visit to the Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. Actress Rosa da Silva, who plays Anne Frank, believes the Annex allows visitors to experience the place where the Frank family hid for two years.
Watching the play addresses Anne’s full story, which showcases a teenage girl who simply wants to grow up, pursue her ambitions, fall in love, and ultimately live a life.
“If you know Anne’s story, you can go to the real Annex here in Amsterdam, but if you watch the play, you also see Anne as a young girl with a lot of dreams,” da Silva said. “Anne is not only a symbol of World War II for me. He is much more than that. She is also a girl who gives you a lot of hope and energy.”