The NCPA is already well established as a premier cultural institution with rich and varied theatre programming– local, national and international.
In 2011, the NCPA decided that it was time to move beyond being a venue for hire and start collaborating on and creating premium and exclusive theatre content. This would bring in new audiences and new talent into the NCPA space and generate a vibrant atmosphere of creativity.
After a successful repertoire of over 15 productions—like The Buckingham Secret, Club Desire, Government Inspector, A Friend’s Story, A Christmas Carol, Laughter Therapy, Loitering and more… the NCPA now reaches out to other theatres in Mumbai and other cities.
Mughal-e-Azam is one of the biggest hits in the history of Indian Theatre. With three sold-out seasons and more being planned in India and abroad, this production, with partners Shapoorji Pallonji and director Feroz Abbas Khan, has broken all records.
Gandhi - The Musical, written and directed by Danesh Khambata and Shikhandi - The Story Of The In-Betweens, written and directed by Faezeh Jalali have proved to be innovative and popular with audiences and critics alike.
The NCPA is now working on a production of the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry classic, The Little Prince, directed by Akriti Singh and Ashish Choudhary.
NCPA in association with Shapoorji Pallonji presents Mughal-e-Azam
Mughal-e-Azam is turned into a spectacular stage musical. For the love of Anarkali, Salim rebelled and went to war against his father Emperor Akbar. With the glamour of Manish Malhotra costumes, technical expertise from Broadway and original hit songs such as ‘Pyar kiya to darna kya’ and ‘Teri mehfil mein kismet aazmakar’, the production is an exhilarating experience. The play has had over 3 successful runs in Mumbai.
Feroz Abbas Khan
Song recreation and background score
About the Director
Feroz Abbas Khan, winner of several International and National film awards for his film Gandhi My Father is the creator of masterpieces like Tumhari Amrita, Salesman Ramlal, Mahatma v/s Gandhi and several other plays. His pioneering work has travelled across continents gathering large audiences and earning critical applause. New York Times called his work Mahatma v/s Gandhi one of the most provocative English language plays to emerge from India in years.
NCPA in association with Silly Point Productions presents Gandhi - The Musical
Gandhi - The Musical presents the eventful life of the great leader in a unique format never attempted before. The spectacular song and dance extravaganza that not only gets his message across but also makes history look cool. As inspiring as it is moving and entertaining - with 14 original songs and brilliantly choreographed 9 dance numbers. This grand scale musical throws light upon the making of the Mahatma. His days as barrister, his struggle and his voyage to champion the cause of the oppressed in South Africa with non-violence and passive resistance being his only weapons, which include the advent Satyagraha - the path of truth.
Written & Directed by Danesh Khambata
Cast: Chirag Vohra, Abhishek Krishnan, Nishi Doshi & others
Watch the promo here.
An NCPA Production in association with Fats The Arts
Shikhandi is perhaps one of the earliest trans-characters known in mythology. Shikhandi was meant to be born male to avenge an insult in her past life as Amba. But the bigger karmic game unfolds when she is reborn female, raised male, has a sex change (thanks to a yaksha) on her wedding night when she runs away into the forest, and finally fulfils her destiny – to be the cause of Bhishma’s death. A comic, tongue-in-cheek retelling of the story of Shikhandi, mixing the traditional with the contemporary, the play questions maleness, femaleness and everything in between. The play was runner-up at the Sultan Padamsee Playwriting Awards 2016.
Written & Directed by Faezeh Jalali
Cast: Meher Acharia-Dar, Mahnaz Damania, Vikrant Dhote, Karan Desai, Nikhil Murali & Srishti Srivastava
Watch the promo here.