The Carré family started their career with a horse act at the annual fair, progressing to this circus theatre in 1887. The classical facade is richly decorated with faces of jesters, dancers and theatre folk. It hosts a great programme of quality music and theatre; its Christmas circus is a seasonal highlight. one-hour Saturday-morning tours (at 11am) are in English and Dutch.
The first structure was of wood, but it was eventually rebuilt in concrete due to fire hazards (early performances for 2000 spectators were lit by gas lamps).
Comic essayist David Sedaris, the Pet Shop Boys and the National Theatre London's Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time have all appeared on stage here in recent years.