A legacy of theKapoors, Bollywood’s first family, Prithvi Theatre was incepted by renowned actor Shashi Kapoor in the loving memory of his father Prithviraj Kapoor, one of the most talented actors in the history of Indian cinema. The perfect place for the culture-loving Mumbaikar, Prithvi Theatre, Mumbai has it all-best plays, cool ambience, superb cutting chai, delicious Irish Coffee, juicy burgers, masaledaar kheema pav and,of course,dreamy celebs!
Heres NearFoxs quick guide to all you need to know about the iconic Prithvi Theatre.
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An auxiliary of the Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation, Prithvi Theatre was established with the aim of promoting theatre in India. Starting off in 1942 as a travelling troupe which used to stage productions across the country, the theatre spot was created in Juhu only in 1975.
The first Prithvi show that was staged after its inauguration in the 1970s was ‘Udhwastha Dharmashala’, starring Om Puri, Naseeruddin Shah, and Benjamin Gilani. Since then, there has been no looking back. Some of the most applauded Prithvi Theatre shows include the Indian Peoples Theatre Associations political satire Bakri, Eve Enslers The Vagina Monologues, Deewar, Kalaakar, Aahuti, among others.
For the theatre schedule, visit their official website. So,wait no longer and catch an enthralling play.(Book early as it is generally houseful.)
Show timings: 6 pm to 9 pm,Tuesday to Sunday, subject to changes
Price: Rs 125 to Rs 500
If your kid/sibling/cousin or anyone in the age group of 6-16 years has the potential of being a star someday or simply enjoys the stage, enrol him/her in the Prithvi annual theatre workshop, held regularly during summer vacations.
Price: Available on request
One of the most favoured hangout spots in the city, Prithvi Caf, Juhu is the ultimate perk of visiting Prithvi Theatre. An intimate caf with a quirky setting, right outside the theatre is one of the celeb spotting zones of the city. Anupam Kher and Naseeruddin Shah to Kalki and Kiron Kher, you are bound to bump into someone. And the food? Its beyond awesome. However, the best part is it is one of the cheapest hangout places in Juhu!
Price for two: Rs 550
Ask for: Irish Coffee
Tip: Their Sulemani Chaiis worth a try. Also try and go for a Sunday brunch at the caf. They serve the most delicious Rose wine with the greasy Sunday delights.
Prithvi Book Store
The theatre premises also house a small but well-stacked bookstore hosting some classics on theatre, performing arts, fiction, comics, among others. They also have a section of second-hand books sold at reasonableprices. So if you are a book lover, you just cant miss the Prithvi Book Store.
PS: They also house a have a small but tastefully curated DVD collection.
Prithvi Theatre Festival
First held on its 5th birthday in 1983, the Prithvi Festival has become an annual event held every November for a week/month. The theme of the festival varies widely every year and attracts participation at the local national levels.
Address:20, Juhu Church Road, Janki Kutir, Mumbai
How to reach
Take a train to Santacruz or Vile Parle station, get down on the western side and hire an auto from there to Prithvi Theatre.