Soldier of Orange musical comes to UK

Dutch musical Soldier of Orange is set to open in a purpose-built 360-degree theatre at the Royal Docks, London this autumn.

Seen by over 3 million people, this unique production has broken all Dutch theatre records and celebrated nine years of sold-out performances in October this year, making it the longest ever running musical in The Netherlands.

The production is based on the autobiography of Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema, a renowned Dutch resistance fighter and British RAF war pilot, who chronicled his remarkable WWII experiences. After escaping to England at the start of the war, he smuggled radio transmitters into the Netherlands and piloted an RAF plane on bombing runs over Germany. He became aide-de-camp to Queen Wilhelmina and was awarded the highest Dutch military honour for his work in the resistance.

Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema’s book was adapted for an international hit film in 1977 directed by Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct, RoboCop, Total Recall and Elle), which was nominated for a Golden Globe starring Rutger Hauer in the title role.

The audience will experience the show in ‘SceneAround’, a theatrical performance solution specially developed for this production. They are seated on a 360-degree rotating auditorium that turns from set to set, accompanied by 180-degree projections, to create an unforgettable theatre experience.

Soldier of Orange – The Musical will open at the Royal Docks in London in autumn 2020. To receive up to date information on when booking opens, visit and look out for updates in GTO magazine.