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Experimental Theatre (NCPA)

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Type  Arts complex
Completed  1985
Opened  1985
Construction started  1981
Architect  Philip Johnson
Location  Mumbai, India
Height  46 m
Phone  022 6622 3737
Main contractor  Larsen & Toubro
Experimental Theatre (NCPA)
Address  National Center for the Peforming Arts, Sir Dorab Tata Road, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021
Similar  National Centre for the Perfor, Tata Theatre, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre, Ballard Bunder Gatehouse, Mazagon Fort

The Experimental Theatre is a 300-seat theatre at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India. It was inaugurated in April 1986 as a black box theatre venue with modular seating and staging units.



The NCPA was constructed in the 1980s. After the Tata Theatre was constructed, work began on the Experimental Theatre, a versatile black box theatre space which small-scale groups to perform flexible works at the Centre. Tata Steel (formerly Tata Iron & Steel Company) made an initial donation to the Theatre of 5 million rupees. The Theatre was officially inaugurated on 25 April 1986.


Besides the theatre itself, the Experimental Theatre includes three conference rooms, large foyer spaces and a museum.

According to the Larsen & Toubro the acoustics of this theatre allow individual instruments to be appreciated without amplification.


The Experimental Theatre has hosted experimental plays, Indian epics, classical music concerts, and Western operas and ballets. Famous artists such as Romain Descharmes have performed there.


Experimental Theatre (NCPA) Wikipedia

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