The Haarlem Theater de Liefde will ignore the corona rules next week and let comedian Theo Maassen perform in front of a full house. After the images of a crowded Formula 1 in Zandvoort, the board does not want to bend over backwards to only fill the hall for two thirds, as the rules prescribe. The theater takes a possible fine for granted. “We were done with it.”
That says chairman Mylou Frencken on NPO Radio 1. According to the theater, the two shows of Maassen on September 16 and 17 were sold out within two hours. At that time, according to Frencken, it seemed that all seats could be filled, but shortly afterwards this turned out to be not allowed.
In their own words, the organization then tried everything ‘very sweet and nice’, such as planning an extra evening with Maassen. The option to cancel part of the audience was also on the table. But the theater, which only recently opened, doesn’t do that. ,,We are a starting theater, we also want to open sometimes. We don’t want to immediately disappoint our audience, which we just got.”
The crowds at Formula 1 in Zandvoort were the last straw for the board. “We had had enough of it then. We sat together and said: what are we doing so hard and always very nice to follow all the rules? It’s been nice.”
We don’t want to disappoint our audience, which we just got,
As safe as possible
Despite ignoring the rules, Frencken swears that everything will be as safe as possible next week. “We are neatly checked at the door, you must bring your QR code with you (as a vaccination certificate), or you must prove that you have just been tested.” Anyone who does not want to show the CoronaCheck app is not allowed to enter. Frencken is quite afraid that the theater will be fined. “We’ll come up with something about that. We are a very creative theater.”
According to the chairman, Theo Maassen is ‘squarely behind’ the decision. A spokeswoman claims “98 percent” of the public’s response is also positive. “People call the decision courageous and people have also come forward who are willing to pay for the possible fine,” said Simone Lensink. That fine could amount to about 5000 euros. Visitors who don’t feel comfortable ignoring the rules would get their money back.
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Theater lets Theo Maassen perform in front of a full house and ignores rules: ‘It has been beautiful’ | show
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