Sunday 20 September 2020


The successful performance De Gijzeling Firma MES returns. The theatrical reconstruction of the Netherlands’ first major hostage situation (47 years ago) can be seen in PAARD from 9 to 20 September.

“Our long-cherished wish is being fulfilled; we are going to play in the main hall of PAARD. Due to corona measures, we cannot play De Gijzeling like last year in the ambassador’s room of the former American embassy. But we do have enough space for the performance and our audience in PAARD, without losing the oppressive feeling of being held hostage. We can’t wait to play! ” Thomas Schoots, director Firma MES

Are you going alone or with friends but want to sit 1.5 meters away? Then buy solo tickets.
Are you going with someone from the same household and do you want to sit next to each other? Then buy 2 duo tickets.

Sun 20/9 doors 14:15 – start 15:00 > tickets

If you want to go to the evening performance in week 1 (from 9 to 12 September), click here
If you want to go to the evening performance in week 2 (from 16 to 19 September), click here

  • Duo of solo ticket €20 per ticket
  • Grote Zaal
  • 14:15
  • 15:00

*incl € 2,50 servicefee

De Gijzeling
Friday afternoon September 13, 1974, The Hague. Three members of the Japanese Red Army enter the French embassy and take eleven people hostage. Six Dutch and five French, including the French ambassador. For five days, Korte Voorhout turns into a closed off no man’s land and the Netherlands is turned upside down. The hostage takers are demanding a million dollars, a Boeing 737 and the release of a comrade captured in Paris.
September 2020, 46 years later. Firma MES tells the story of the people behind this -by many forgotten- event in a unique location. From the 21-year-old cop shot in the back, the mustachioed pilot turned into a folks hero, politicians in ethical dilemmas, the controlled Japanese negotiator and the hostages and hostage-takers (one of which is still a fugitive). Experience this story in a unique way in the most famous pop temple in the city.

“Firma MES achieves a witty and credible result with limited resources” Theaterkrant

Visit De Gijzeling corona-proof  in PAARD
PAARD and Firma MES offer visitors a Corona-proof experience. PAARD follows the protocol of Vereniging Nederlandse Poppodia en Festivals. This means that upon arrival, a number of questions are asked about health, so that visitors and staff are not at risk. A safe 1.5 meter routing has also been set up for the public. There are various disinfection stations distributed throughout the building for visitors and staff. In the 1.5 meter seated seating arrangement, solo and duo seating has been taken into account. A few days before the show, visitors will receive the most up-to-date information about the visit to PAARD.

Concept Firm MES
Directed by Thomas Schoots
Game Daan van Dijsseldonk, Roos Eijmers, Lindertje Mans
Technique Dario Giustarini
With special thanks to everyone involved
Video & scene photos Sjoerd Derine

“Eerste grote gijzeling tot trefzeker theater omgevormd”