Thirty countries to celebrate the power of theatre one year after worldwide closing of venues

On 13 March 2020 almost all theatre venues in the world closed because of the corona virus. One year on, on Saturday 13 March 2021, the theatre solo White Rabbit, Red Rabbit will be performed to commemorate. The event will take place in more than 30 countries, from Argentina to Australia and from India to the Netherlands.

In the Netherlands, actors such as Pierre Bokma, Huub van der Lubbe, Nhung Dam and Theo Maassen will be taking to the stage in 30 cities. They will perform White Rabbit, Red Rabbit by the Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour in Dutch.

Since its premiere more than 10 years ago this play has been translated into 25 languages. It has never been performed by the same actor twice. The text of the play is inside a sealed envelope, which the actor opens live onstage at the start of the event. The actor’s unprepared first reading, paper in hand, becomes the show.

The event is an initiative of the Aurora Nova Theater in Berlin. With theatres across the globe livestreaming the play at 8.00 PM local time, the event will last for 24 hours. The organisers see it as an international celebration of inspiration and imagination and proof that creativity will always rise above adversity. The unprepared form symbolises the power of the theatre’s unique characteristics: each performance is a fresh, one-off event, impossible to repeat.


Due to the corona measures, the Dutch theatres remain closed to the public. They are inviting audiences to join in the worldwide theatre experience from their own homes via livestream, which starts at 8.00 PM. The event is streamed worldwide in different languages, check Aurora Nova.