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Famous Playwrights from the Netherlands

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List of notable or famous playwrights from the Netherlands, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in the Netherlands and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to the Netherlands. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Dutch playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from the Netherlands is included when available.

Examples of people on this list: Isabelle de Charrière, Gerrit Komrij and many more.

This historic playwrights from the Netherlands list can help answer the questions "Who are some Dutch playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from the Netherlands?" These prominent playwrights of the Netherlands may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Dutch playwrights.

Use this list of renowned Dutch playwrights to discover some new playwrights that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. {#nodes}
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    Gerbrand Adriaenszoon Bredero (16 March 1585 – 23 August 1618) was a Dutch poet and playwright in the period known as the Dutch Golden Age....  more
    • Age: Dec. at 33 (1585-1618)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Gerrit Jan Komrij (30 March 1944 – 5 July 2012) was a Dutch poet, novelist, translator, critic, polemic journalist and playwright. He rose to prominence in the early 1970s writing poetry that sharply contrasted with the free-form poetry of his contemporaries. He acquired a reputation for his prose in the late 1970s, writing acerbic essays and columns often critical of writers, television programs, and politicians. As a literary critic and especially as an anthologist he had a formative influence on Dutch literature: his 1979 anthology of Dutch poetry of the 19th and 20th centuries reformed the canon, and was followed by anthologies of Dutch poetry of the 17th and 18th centuries, of...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 68 (1944-2012)
    • Birthplace: Winterswijk, Netherlands
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    Govert Bidloo or Govard Bidloo (12 March 1649 – 30 March 1713) was a Dutch Golden Age physician, anatomist, poet and playwright. He was the personal physician of William III of Orange-Nassau, Dutch stadholder and King of England, Scotland and Ireland. Bidloo was also a prolific and popular poet, opera librettist, and playwright. He wrote the libretto for the first-ever Dutch opera, Ceres, Venus en Bacchus (1686) by Johan Schenck. His collected works were published in three volumes after his death. One of Bidloo's students was his nephew Nicolaas Bidloo, who would go on to become the personal physician of Russian czar Peter the Great, and also founded a medical school in Moscow. ...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 64 (1649-1713)
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Hans Aarsman (born 1951) is a Dutch photographer, author, and lecturer at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. He is a significant figure in the New Topography movement. Many of Aarsman's works are in the Netherlands Photo Museum....  more
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands