Mumbai Guide: 5 things you didn’t know about Prithvi theatre
Here are some lesser-known facts about Prithvi TheatreHT48HRS_Special Updated: Nov 30, 2016 20:42 IST
1) A unique model: The original idea was to focus on an intimate theatre experience for the audience, as opposed to auditoriums, which were dominant in the ’70s. While the usual process to stage a play involves booking dates and paying rentals in advance, at Prithvi, the proceeds from the ticket sales are kept by the performing groups, who make a contribution to the theatre.
2) It packs quite a show: The 200-seater theatre was inaugurated on November 5, 1978. The not-for-profit theatre, on an average, hosts 635 shows every year.
3) Art@Prithvi: The make-up rooms, located at the back of the theatre, feature artwork that was part of the now-defunct art gallery at Prithvi Theatre.
4) Inspired by London: The café and bookshop at Prithvi Theatre are inspired by the National Theatre in London where, besides the main theatre, spaces like cafés ensured that audiences could spend the entire day.
5) Poster corner: The Prithvi House features a collection of posters of the events and festivals that were staged by Prithvi. They encouraged groups to be more professional, market their plays and design and make posters, which are now on display.