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Delhi’s Pierrot’s Troupe in Mumbai

Arundhati Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 27, 2014
First Published: 15:05 IST(27/2/2014) | Last Updated: 19:13 IST(27/2/2014)

Helmed by M Sayeed Alam, Delhi’s Pierrot’s Troupe is perhaps one of the most popular names when it comes to travelling plays. Touring Mumbai regularly for over a decade now, the group is set to host Class And Comedy, a festival featuring various acts like Ghalib In New Delhi, KL Saigal and Big B. It starts from February 28.

“The plays have travelled to cities like Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Bhopal, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Ambala, Dehradun, Mussoorie and Pune. We have earlier staged Big B in Mumbai, but that was a very short performance. The audience in Mumbai is highly appreciative of plays. We have invariably received standing ovations whenever we have performed here,” says Alam.

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All the three plays that will be staged are comedy acts. Talking about them, Alam says, “We have named the festival Class And Comedy because Big B and Ghalib in New Delhi are classic comedies, and KL Saigal celebrates theatre, music and cinema of the bygone decades but with a generous helping of humour.”

On the stage:
KL Saigal: Narrated by Tom Alter in Urdu, the play tells the story of singer-actor KL Saigal.
Big B: The drama is a bilingual stage adaptation of Munshi Premchand’s hilarious short story, Bade Bhai Sahab.
Ghalib In New Delhi: One of the longest-running comedy plays with over 350 performances, this play is a funny take on veteran poet
Mirza Ghalib’s rebirth in the present day Delhi.

The festival will be held from February 28 to March 2, at Rangsharda Auditorium, Bandra (W), from 7.30 pm.

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