Theatre-goers have much to look forward to this month, from the West End musical Million Dollar Quartet and hit children’s play ‘Peppa Pig Live‘ to contemporary classics like The Vagina Monologues. Here’s a round-up of ten plays in Mumbai worth checking out.
‘Peppa Pig Live’
Every kid’s favourite show is on stage. Take the tots for an evening with Peppa, George, Mummy and Daddy.
When: Friday, March 6 at 3pm and 6.30pm, Saturday, March 7 at 11.30am, 3pm and 6.30pm and Sunday, March 8 at 11.30am and 3pm.
Where: Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Off Linking Road, Bandra (West).
‘Kusur (The Mistake)’
Amol Palekar directs and acts in this new Hindi thriller written by Sandhya Gokhale. He plays retired inspector Dandavate, who spends an eventful day volunteering at the police control room.
When: Saturday, March 7 at 7.30pm (Royal Opera House). Thursday, April 2 at 7.30pm (Nehru Centre). Saturday, April 4 at 7.30pm (Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir).
Where: Royal Opera House, Mama Parmanand Marg. Nehru Centre, Off Annie Besant Road, Worli. Bal Gandharva Rang Mandir, Junction of 24th and 32nd Road, near Patwardhan Park, Bandra (West).
‘Million Dollar Quartet’
On December 4, 1956, American record producer Sam Phillips got rock and roll legends Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins to play together. This musical, by British director Ian Talbot and writers Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux, is about that performance. Watch the cast perform 24 rock and roll classics such as ‘Blue Suede Shoes’, ‘Great Balls of Fire’, ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Hound Dog’.
When: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6 at 7.30pm and Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8 at 3pm and 7pm.
Where: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
‘A Perfect Murder’
Directed by Vijay Kenkre, A Perfect Murder is a Marathi stage version of Alfred Hitchcock’s film Dial M for Murder. In the play, Niranjan hatches a plot to kill his wife Meera, while she’s watching a play with a former lover.
When: Friday, March 6 to Sunday, March 29.
Where: Various venues.
Dekh Behen (pictured above)is a Hindi and English play directed by Prerna Chawla and Shikha Talsania, that is set around a big, fat Indian wedding. The bride’s friends have turned up to celebrate…even though they can’t stand her. The play is part of The Great Indian Theatre Festival, a travelling festival of plays produced by BookMyShow.
When: Sunday, March 8 at 4pm.
Where: Royal Opera House, Mama Parmanand Marg.
Director Ashok Hande’s long-running Marathi spectacle offers a snapshot of Marathi culture with song, dance and drama.
When: Sunday, March 8 at 5pm.
Where: Shanmukhananda Hall, Behind Gandhi Market, Sion.
‘The Vagina Monologues’
Directors Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Kaizaad Kotwal’s long-running version of Eve Ensler’s iconic feminist play is part of The Great Indian Theatre Festival. The cast of Dolly Thakore, Avantika Akerkar, Sonali Sachdev and Jayati Bhatia tell stories of women that are both hilarious and deeply moving.
When: Sunday, March 8 at 7pm.
Where: Royal Opera House, near Charni Road.
‘Two Adorable Losers’
An professor with weak diction and a psychology student, played by Darsheel Safary, who’s weak in statistics find they have something in common, an inferiority complex. This English comedy is all about the two of them helping each other out.
When: Sunday, March 22 at 7.30pm.
Where: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Nariman Point.
If you were a child of the 1980s, then you might have watched agog as Mithun shimmied in a silver suit to Bappi Lahiri’s upbeat soundtrack in Disco Dancer (1982). The movie has now been adapted to stage. Directed by Rajeev Goswami, the show has soundtrack reworked by the duo Salim-Suleiman.
When: Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27 at 7.30pm and Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29 at 4pm and 7.30pm.
Where: Dome, National Sports Club of India, Worli.
‘Kambakhat Bilkul Aurat’
Also known as Ismat Aapa Ke Naam II. Naseeruddin Shah directs Manoj and Seema Pahwa and Jaya Virlley in three stories by Urdu writer Ismat Chugtai: ‘Amar Bel’, ‘Nanhi ki Naani’ and ‘Do Haath’.
When: Saturday, March 28 at 6pm and 9pm and Sunday, March 29 at 5pm and 8pm.
Where: Prithvi Theatre, Janki Kutir, Juhu.
For more plays in Mumbai, see here.