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Toneelgroep Amsterdam (with lowercase t) should give up a new name

Toneelgroep Amsterdam (with lowercase t) should give up a new name

The Actors Collective Theater Company Amsterdam has to return its name. This was announced by the International Theater of Amsterdam (ITA) in an angry speech. ITA claims to own the name Toneelgroep Amsterdam (in capital letters).

If the cast does not give up the name before next Thursday, legal procedures will be followed, according to reports AT5/NH News

Young actors’ collective De Warme Winkel acquired the big name Toneelgroep Amsterdam on March 22nd. The name was given, according to de Warme Winkle, when the old Toneelgroep Amsterdam merged with Stadsschouwburg four years ago and began calling itself the International Theater Amsterdam.

they will say no

Ward Weimhoff from the cast of . said: Walk† The name change has not been discussed with the ITA. “We knew they would say no,” Wemhoff said.

It turns out, because there’s now that angry message. The theater writes that the “name” Toneelgroep Amsterdam “is owned by the ITA and cannot be used free of charge by third parties”. The theater group must give up its name before Thursday, June 16 at noon.


The collective representation is a petition He began to dodge fate: “Help us tell us that legacy van Toneelgroep Amsterdam with a big T does not have to compete with the narrative of the Amsterdam theater group with a lowercase t. Help us uncover layers of theatrical history and not lose sight of this beautiful name that symbolizes gogme and chaos.”

It remains unclear what the petition will achieve, even if it is widely signed. Wimhoff hopes to avoid a costly lawsuit anyway. “We are a small club, and the lawsuit will not be responsible for us,” he says.

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He says reversing a name change is complicated. “The name ‘Theatergroep Amsterdam’ is already on a lot of posters and has been grabbed by the media. I feel like we’re standing in front of a valley and don’t know where to go. There is no plan B.”