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Getting all theatrical

Theatre enthusiasts can look forward to the summer theatre festival by National School of Drama.

art and culture Updated: May 23, 2012 00:38 IST
Namya Sinha

The hot weather nowadays might not make you want to go out and explore the city, but if you are an ardent theatre lover, then summer is a good time for you, as many theatre festivals are happening all across Delhi during the season. One such event, the summer theatre festival organised by the National School of Drama (NSD), will be kicking off this week.

While the festival will be showcasing a number of famous plays by the NSD Repertory, it will also feature a completely new theatrical performance. “This time, there is a new theatrical performance called Old Town, which is going to open on the 25th of this month,” says Abdul Kadir Shah, coordinator of NSD Repertory Company.

“It is the story of a 2000-year-old carnival and how it has to be sustained for a set of performers. The show will have all the ingredients of a carnival — rockets, nautanki performance, puppets and more,” says Roysten Abel, director, Old Town.

“Old Town will feature artists from NSD Repertory, who are taking part in other plays in this festival as well,” adds Abel.

A glimpse of the play — Old Town

“The fact that the plays in this festival are staged in the evening makes people come out and enjoy the various performances. We keep getting requests for a repeat performance,” says Shah.

Some of the plays that will be shown in the festival include Begum Ka Takia, Chekhov ki Duniya, Blood Wedding, Hamara Shahar Us Baras, Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki, among others.


May 25 to May 30

Old Town

Where: NSD Lawn (7pm)

May 31 to June 2

Comrade Kumbhakarna

Where: Kamani Auditorium (6.30pm)

June 3 to June 5

Chekhov Ki Duniya

Where: Kamani Auditorium (6.30pm)

June 6 to June 8

Jaat Hi Poochho Sadhu Ki

Where: Kamani Auditorium (6.30pm)

June 9 to June 11

Hamara Shahar Us Baras

Where: Kamani Auditorium (6.30pm)

June 12 to June 15

Begum Ka Takia

Where: Kamani auditorium (6.30pm)

June 16 to June 18

Blood Wedding

Where: Abhimanch (6.30 pm)

June 19 to June 22

Adamjad and Panchlight

Where: Abhimanch (6.30pm)

Watch them live

What: NSD Summer theatre festival

Entry: Tickets at Rs 100, Rs 50, Rs 30 for Kamani Auditorium and Abhimanch and Rs 50 for NSD Lawn, available at the venue one hour before the show

Nearest metro station: Mandi House on the blue line