Projects

2018/2019: EUROPEAN TOUR OF CATS IN THE NETHERLANDS AND BRUSSELS

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After the success in Antwerp Proud to Present and Arrano decided to join forces to take the financial risk for the lion’s share of a 4 months European CATS tour.

After approximately 1,5 years of preparation the tour had its Opening Night on the 22nd of December in the Amsterdam RAI Theatre.  After performing 81 shows in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Brussels and Groningen the cats ended their European stay on Easter Monday 2019 at Breda’s Chassé Theatre.

With occupancies of over 90% in all venues, CATS turned out to be as popular as ever, exactly 30 years after the Dutch audiences embraced the musical for the very first time. 

 

2017: CATS INTERNATIONAL OPENING PRODUCTION IN ANTWERP

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In March and April of this year CATS was selected as the international opening production for the new Queen Elisabeth Theatre in Antwerp. After a major renovation, that lasted for several years, a beautiful and stylish new theatre,seating 1800 people was the result.

During three weeks the London West End production performed for full houses.

A very successful kick off for a ‘new’ and leading theatre in Flanders. 

EXPO ’DINO ADVENTURE’: 50 DINOSAURS CONQUER ANTWERP CENTRAL STATION

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From 15th december up until 23rd march prehistory comes alive in the central railway station of Antwerp. At the exhibiton 50 enormous, lifesize dinosaurs can be admired, het longest one close to 70 feet. At the back of the station over 2,000 m2 have been reserved to accommodate for the replica’s of the extinct animals. People visiting the exhibition will come eye to eye with a number of well known dinosaur species, among them of course the much feared T. Rex. Also on display is the Iguanodon, also called ‘the Belgian Dinosaur’. The discovery of many skeletons of this species in a coal-mine in Bernissart in 1878 was world news. Adults and children each receive their own audioguide upon entering, children can compete in a quiz that has Trixie the Triceratops as the main prize to take home and they receive their personal dinosaur- certificate wen leaving the expo.

For more information see www.expo-dino-adventure.be

CATS IN OOSTENDE: A GREAT SUCCESS!

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July / August 2013

With 40,000 visitors in just 3 weeks the Oostende run for the UK tour of CATS was a huge success.

The Flemish press was unanimously enthusiastic about this touring CATS version staged by David Ian Productions, that had ventured out of the United Kingdom especially for this occasion:

Fantastic entertainment ( Knack)
Great example of a classic musical (De Morgen)
An immortal musical ( De Standaard)

After a long, long period of waiting ( CATS was performed for the first -ánd last time- in Belgium in Antwerp in 1996)  fans of the musical flocked together in Oostend , ‘the Queen of the Belgian coast’.

Most fans were very impressed by the quality performance given by the relatively young cast that received  a standing ovation after every single show.

The cast and crew had a great time  in and around ‘Kursaal’, one of few theatres in the world that is situated right on the beach.

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FUERZA BRUTA: AN ARGENTINIAN WHIRLWIND PASSES THROUGH BELGIUM

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In august 2010 we experienced the Argentinian show 'Fuerza Bruta' for the first time in New York and were very impressed. Proud to Present and Arrano decided to join forces to bring the spectacle to Belgium. In august 2011 the 'hippest and coolest show on earth' had its opening night in the mundane coastal resort of Knokke-Heist for a run of 3 weeks. In spite of the worst summer in 60 years over 25,000 people came to experience the spectacle full of power and poetry.

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Three months later it was Antwerps' turn. This time the show was located in an huge, empty warehouse at the 'Schelde'river, stressing the edgy and urban character of the show. Once again over 25,000 enthousiastic visitors often filled the room to maximum capacity.

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EXHIBITION 'FC DE KAMPIOENEN' IN ANTWERP AND OOSTENDE; FLANDERS BIDS FAREWELL TO ITS MOST POPULAR TV SERIES EVER.

After 21 years (!) there came an end to the long running Flemish comedy series ' FC DE KAMPIOENEN'. Proud to Present and Arrano, together with tv station VRT took the lead to create a suitable goodbye for the popular series.

In the impressive Central Station of Antwerp a 2,000m2 exhibition space was created, containing all the original sets that were used in the series. Everyday actors were availabe so that viewers and fans were able to meet up with their idols. Next to that the expo had many interactive elements and a café. Due to popular demand the exhibition was extended several times and in the end lasted from Xmas 2010 to Easter 2011. With the number of visitors exceeding 70,000 the exhibition turned out te be far more successful then originally expected.

In order to give a follow up to this success a summer location was found in the prestigious 'Kursaal' in the coastal town of Oostende. The expo was adapted to fit to its new venue and another 50,000 visitors were added.

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BENELUX TOUR OF 'THRILLER LIVE':
FIVE FANTASTIC SHOWS FOR ECSTATIC AUDIENCES.

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In the week from 16-22 November 2009 Proud to Present, together with Arrano, brought 'THRILLER LIVE', the succesful West End production, to the Ethias Arena in Hasselt, the Amsterdam Heineken Music Hall (2x) and the Lotto Arena in Antwerp ( 2x).
The performances became truly memorable evenings for adults and children alike.

In a show that lasted over two hours a topcast consisting of more than 20 singers, dancers and a live band, performed nearly all of Michaels big hits to delighted crowds and turned the venues into big party grounds.

When the dust had settled, over 15,000 fans had attended the 5 shows. Not a bad result, considering that the tour coincided with the release of Michael Jackson's movie 'This is it!'.

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'AMANDLA MANDELA' A MOVING MUSICAL ABOUT AN ICON OF OUR ERA

The opening night of the musical 'AMANDLA MANDELA - THE MUSICAL' took place at the Royal Theatre Carré in Amsterdam at October 24 2009

After that this brand new production toured the Netherlands and could be seen in approximately 80 theatres throughout the country with a total of 130 performances.

Proud to Present has been assigned to acquire commercial partners as well as providing the marketing strategy for this exciting production.

AFRIKA!AFRIKA! AFRICAN CIRCUS SHOW TURNS OUT TO BE VERY SUCCESSFUL

In spring 2009 Proud to Present and Arrano became co-investors in AFRIKA!AFRIKA! 's first Belgian visit. Next to that they were responsible for the marketing approach, public relations, sponsoring and hospitality sales.

With a total stay of 9 weeks( 3 of them success options!) in Antwerp and Brussels, this visit turned out to be a huge success.

In spite of the weak economic conditions that also prevail in Belgium, over 80,000 enthousiastic spectators visited the tented palaces. Enough reason for a repeat visit to Belgium in the near future!

CAVALIA: MESMERIZING SPECTACLE IN WHICH HORSES TAKE THE LEAD.

During the first half of 2007 the innovative and magical showspectacle 'Cavalia' was the primary focus of Proud to Present.

From the premiere on the 3rd May 2007 the show proved to be an overwhelming success on its first visit to the Netherlands. Extra performances were added several times in order to accommodate the popular demand.

After its success in Amsterdam 'Cavalia' continued its European tour in cities such as Brussels, Knokke, Stuttgart, Berlin, Valencia, Madrid, Barcelona and Lisbon. Currently a new show is being developed in Canada to serve as a worthy successor to 'Cavalia'.


 

 

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