Publications on theatre

Reviews and essays

  • Accent and De Nieuwe Linie: weekly reviews (1968-1976).
  • Theatre magazine Toneel Theatraal: essays a.o. on Antonin Artaud (1968), and John Arden (1969).
  • Quarterly De Gids a.o.: Ruimte voor Verbeelding/Space for Imagination, 1992.

About own work:

  • Toneelspelen in de Tegenwoordige Tijd, 2nd revised edition, Amsterdam, IT&FB 2018.
  • Real Time Acting für ein Theater der Gegenwärtigkeit, Spiel Zeit Raum, Schibri Verlag, 2014*
  • Acting in Real Time, The University of Michigan Press, 2012* * translated from the Dutch: Toneelspelen in de Tegenwoordige Tijd – Veldboek voor het Vertellende toneel, IT&FB, Amsterdam, 2002
  • Aus Anlass der Massnahme on Brecht’s didactic plays in Massnehmen, Theater der Zeit, Berlin, 1999
  • Staying ahead of Brecht, Article in Brecht Yearbook 20, ed. by John Willett, The International Brecht Society, Wisconsin, 1998
  • The Measures Taken, Te Elfder Ure, Nijmegen, 1975.
  • Also published in R. Steinweg, Brechts Modell der Lehrstücke, Suhrkamp Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1977


  • 1992-1994: Editor in Chief of theater magazine Toneel Theatraal.
    Chairman of the Jury of the Theater Festival
    Jury reports published in weekly Vrij Nederland, as a special and program to the festival.
  • 1996: Pierre Bayle Award for theater critique: shared award for 10 years jury reports of the Theater Festival.

Latest news and upcoming events

New Books!

  • Het Leugenlabyrint (Eng. Labyrinth of Lies), a novel, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2021.


‘The Hague, May 9th 1940. Bert Meijer van Leer becomes the proud owner of a German motorbike. Little does he know that the motorbike, a Zündapp, will save his life and cause his downfall. On May 10th the German army invades Holland. On that day Emmeke, Bert’s sister, celebrates her birthday. Emmeke and Bert are Jewish, but not practicing. Bert has been baptized and marries Lien who is Protestant. Emmeke is married to Joost, who isn’t Jewish either and anti-religious out of principle. Ingredients for a fatal chain of events.

Their ‘mixed marriages’ can’t protect them against the measures the Germans take against the Jews: excluding them from the society they live in through registration and public humiliation by forcing them to wear the Star of David; and, if they don’t comply, arrest, imprisonment, and deportation to a concentration camp.

In Labyrinth of Lies author Paul Binnerts witnesses how the Germans slowly tighten the screws. His characters are facing decisions, of which only afterwards can be said they were the wrong decisions. The only thing he can do is keeping them company.’