Love Watching Plays? Bookmark This List Of 6 Theatres To Catch The Best Shows In The City

Nitya posted on 22 February

From immersive performances to a number of theatres and theatre festivals, Delhi is a city that has lots to offer for those in the drama fraternity. Whether you’re planning to showcase a play of your own, or watch fellow artists perform their story, these seven theatres around town are pretty much where all the magic happens.

OddBird Theatre & Foundation

OddBird is an experimental space for performing arts, where the idea is to enjoy theatre, music and dance in the most intimate and offbeat way. The beautiful white and brick walled theatre accommodates just about 100 people {bye bye, crowded theatres} and organises lots of performances and also events almost throughout the week. If you love puppets, be sure to drop by OddBird, because they’re showcasing a lot of performances as part of the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival.

Follow their Facebook page here.

Event Venues

Dhan Mill Compound, 100 Feet Road, SSN Marg, Dr. Ambedkar Colony, Chhattarpur, New Delhi

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Black Box Okhla

Nikhil Mehta, who has been closely associated with theatre for years and has worked with the likes of Vishal Bharadwaj and Mira Nair turned a raw Okhla factory into an unusual performing arts space and hence, Black Box was born. It’s one of those spaces that doesn’t follow the strict old-school stage format with fixed seating zones, but embraces the bare walls. Plus, we hear that the lighting at Black Box is spectacular and it’s really unlike any theatre you might’ve come across in the city.

Follow their Facebook page here and drop by to watch a new adaptation of Woyzeck too maybe?

Event Venues

A-68, Okhla Industrial Area Phase 2, New Delhi

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    Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts

    Shri Ram Centre For Performing Arts is an institution of sorts for those in the Delhi theatre circuit. What was once known as the Indian National Theatre back in 1950 is now an independent cultural society that produces its own plays annually, as well as showcases other performances. The SRPCA also hosts various acting workshops and programs, so if you want to expand your circle, learn stagecraft and see yourself as an acclaimed artist someday, this place could offer the perfect start.

    And while you’re there, be sure to check out their canteen.  It’s all good, simple food at decent prices that’s sure to make you happy.

    Follow their Facebook page here.

    Auditoriums

    4, Safdar Hashmi Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi

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    Akshara Theatre

    Personally, we love Akshara for its pretty, green outdoor stage area, where watching plays is ever so pleasant and casual. While we admit that its indoor stage area might not be as massive as the stages at most theatres, Akshara has been around long enough {since 1972, to be precise} and created some of the best plays of all time {like The Ramayana that received acclaim in Broadway in New York, at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC and more} to be considered a part of Delhi’s epic theatre repertoire.

    Follow their Facebook page here.

    Event Venues

    11-B, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Near RML Hospital, Connaught Place, New Delhi

    Kamani Auditorium

    Nothing can probably ever match the old-school vibe of the legendary Kamani Auditorium that has been around since 1971. While we’ve mostly attended concerts or dance dramas here, Kamani’s 632 seater auditorium also sees performances of critically acclaimed plays. This auditorium’s cafe is also one of the few places where the 90s theatre cool kids hung out.

    Auditoriums

    1, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi

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    Sirifort Auditorium

    Sirifort is one, massive space that has four auditoriums {which can accommodate around 2,500 people}. While it’s a popular space for a lot of comedy shows and musical performances, this auditorium is also the headquarters of the Directorate of Film Festivals {DFF}. Which is why Sirifort sees a fair share of theatre festivals too. As part of the upcoming Delhi Theatre Festival, a lot of interesting plays starring veterans like Pankaj Kapoor, Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah will be showcased at Sirifort, so be sure to drop by.

    Auditoriums

    A-25, Siri Institutional Area, Asian Games Village Complex, Siri Fort, New Delhi

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