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Old World Theatre Festival: Plays featuring Bollywood celebs to be staged in Delhi

At this year’s edition of the theatre festival, 15 plays with stories from across India will be presented by a number of celebrities from Mumbai.

art and culture Updated: Oct 06, 2017 19:19 IST
Henna Rakheja
Henna Rakheja
Hindustan Times
Theatre,Manav Kaul,Rajit Kapur
Actor Shernaz Patel in a scene from the play Love Letters 5.

Manav Kaul, Rajit Kapur, Ira Dubey, Faezeh Jalali, Atul Kumar — these names ring a bell of familiarity with every theatre lover. And one place where you can catch ’em all live in action is at the Old World Theatre Festival. From the streets of small towns to the magical filmy world of Bambai (Mumbai), there are 15 stories that will be staged over 10 days.

The festival will open with Suchitra Krishnamoorthi’s debut theatre production titled Drama Queen. Other plays in the festival include Manav Kaul’s romantic comedy Chuhal, Hemant Pandey’s musical ensemble Lassanwala, a children’s play How Cow Now Cow, Patchworks ensemble’s futuristic take on the urban conundrum Fly By Night, Faezeh Jalali’s audacious Shikhandi, Tennessee Williams’s evocation of loneliness and lost love in The Glass Menagerie directed by Rajit Kapur, the achingly poignant Rahul da Cunha’s Love Letters with Rajit Kapur and Shernaz Patel in the lead, Neel Sengupta’s adaptation of T.S. Eliot’s The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Khwaab Sa – a fantastical vision of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream — directed by Atul Kumar, among others.

Actor Ira Dubey in a scene from the play Glass Menagerie.

The plays will have a contemporary approach to the classic tales that a Delhiite will find refreshing. “The new out-of-the-box productions of theatre gen next are bringing in a whole new young audience in addition to our loyal regular theatre goers. The issues that these plays focus on are all contemporary,” says Vidyun Singh, director of programmes department at Habitat World.

Actor Manav Kaul will return to Delhi with his play Chuhal.
  • What: Old World Theatre Festival 2017
  • Where: India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road
  • When: October 6 to 15
  • Timings: 11.30am to 8pm
  • Nearest Metro Station: Jor Bagh on Yellow Line

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First Published: Oct 06, 2017 19:18 IST