I find it an absolute luxury to have such a great venue as Theater De Nieuwe Regentes within walking distance of my home in city district Segbroek. De Nieuwe Regentes presents itself with the advertising slogan Theater voor en door de buurt. (In English: Theater for and by the neighborhood.) But that doesn’t mean you see only local talent on stage. I have already watched some pretty well known Dutch and Spanish flamenco artist perform in Theater De Nieuwe Regentes.
De Regentes first opened in 1920. Only not as a theather… At that time De Regentes was the largest indoor swimming pool in Europe. My dad, who grew up in The Hague, in the nineteen fifties got his swimming diploma there. In the nineteen eighties swimming pool De Regentes had to close due to tightened environmental legislation. With the help of about 100 volunteers it reopened as theater De Nieuwe Regentes at the beginning of the 21st century. Thank you so much volunteers :-).
Although the venue is now a theater, the swimming pool interior is still very present, which makes De Nieuwe Regentes an atmospheric and remarkable theater. Every two weeks on Friday evening from about September till April De Nieuwe Regentes hosts El Pub Flamenco. A changing line-up of flamenco artists who perform in two sets. After this performance the stage is open for everyone within the public who sings, plays or dances flamenco themselves. For the exact dates of El Pub Flamenco, see De Nieuwe Regentes agenda.