If you live in South Bombay, there’s probably only one place you go to for watching plays or concerts. Even if you do not live in town, you have definitely heard of this place. It’s one of the first names to pop up in one’s mind when one thinks of theatre in the city. The National Centre for Performing Arts, more commonly known as the NCPA, is the hub for theatre, music and dance performances in Mumbai. And if you enjoy watching these performances, here’s what you need to look out for in May:


Disney’s Aladdin

Your childhood favorite tale has been reimagined for the Indian stage with local flavor, breathtaking sets, special effects, and a talented cast. In just a week, Disney’s Aladdin is capturing hearts across the city and seats have been selling out fast. So don’t miss this world-class Broadway-style musical on stage. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Read audience reviews here.

Date: Until May 13
Venue: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre

Disney's Aladdin stage musical at NCPA - BookMyShow

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After enthralling audiences across the country, this spectacular stage musical returns to Mumbai for yet another season of dance, music, and romance. Directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, the timeless story explores the romance of Prince Salim and courtesan Anarkali, with the glamor of Manish Malhotra costumes and original hit songs. Read our review here and don’t miss it this weekend!

Date: May 24 – June 03
Venue: Jamshed Bhabha Theatre

Mughal-e-Azam stage musical at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Based on the work of the Scottish writer Rona Munro, this English drama explores the relationship between a daughter and her estranged mother, who has been imprisoned for the death of her father for 15 years. The play is presented by Rage Productions, with Shernaz Patel playing the main lead. Don’t miss the thrilling drama, which will have you frozen to your seats till the very end. Read our review here. 

Date: May 03
Venue: Experimental Theatre

Iron play at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Piya Behrupiya

Having completed over 200 shows and after performing all over the world, this musical comedy adaptation of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is now back in Mumbai. Watch a cast of talented artists, including Mansi Multani, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Amitosh Nagpal, Neha Saraf, and more perform the musical comedy, directed by Atul Kumar.

Date: May 05 – May 06
Venue: Experimental Theatre

Piya Behrupiya play at NCPA - BookMyShow

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The Woman on Trial

An Indian adaptation of the famous play ‘The Night of January 16’ by Ayn Rand, this bilingual drama makes one contemplate the right to condemn individuals for their uniqueness. A Making Noise production, the play has been directed by and stars Laura Mishra in the lead role, with an ensemble cast of Navin Talreja, Prerna Talwar, Tanmay Ranjan, and others. Read our review here.

Date: May 24
Venue: Experimental Theatre

The Woman on Trial play at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Elephant in the Room

Winner of three META Awards, this one-woman play is a quirky, poignant coming-of-age story, inspired by the myth of the Lord Ganapathi. It has been originally written by Sneh Sapru and recreated by Yuki Ellias. The director also stars in the role of a young boy with the head of an elephant, who sets off on an adventure to make new discoveries.

Date: May 19
Venue: Experimental Theatre

Elephant in The Room play at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Treasure Island

Based on the classic tale by Robert Louis Stevenson, this musical explores the adventures of a young Jim Hawkins in a hazardous pursuit of lost treasure. Directed by Vikash Khurana, the play features an ensemble of talented actors such as Amol Wakhare as Hawkins, Leo Leonard, Nitish Chandra, Sonal Trivedi-Malkan, and more.

Date: May 20
Venue: Dance Theatre Godrej

Treasure Island play at NCPA - BookMyShow

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An adaptation of Shakespeare's most intense and terrifying tragedy, this is a theatrical presentation of the play by Rufus Norris that was performed at National Theatre in London. The story takes place in the ruined aftermath of a bloody civil war, where the Macbeths are propelled towards the crown by forces of elemental darkness.

Date: May 29
Venue: Dance Theatre Godrej

Macbeth play screening at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Dramatic Tales Multi-dance presentation

With Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam, and Chhau by Rasa United and Odissi by Debi Basu and troupe, this is the dance performance you do not want to miss! Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and Kuchipudi exponent Vanashree Rao, along with her troupe, will present four tales from Abhimanyu Vadh with a choreographic exploration in three classical dance styles.

Date: May 11
Venue: Experimental Theatre

Dramatic Tales Multi-dance presentation at NCPA - BookMyShow

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Bolshoi Ballet: The Flames of Paris

Did the Swan Lake Ballet ignite your taste for watching ballets? Then don’t miss the famous Bolshois with their overflowing energy and fiery passion as they present Vasily Vainonen’s The Flames of Paris. As this is a ballet screening, you can watch them as they performed for the Russian audience in all their splendor almost too enormous for the Moscow stage.

Date: May 15 – May 16
Venue: Dance Theatre Godrej

Bolshoi Ballet theatre screening at NCPA - BookMyShow

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So what are you waiting for? Log on to BookMyShow and start booking your tickets to these amazing plays and concerts now!

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