Experimental Theatre (NCPA)

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Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts
NCPA building, Nariman Point, Mumbai.JPG
General information
TypeArts complex
LocationMumbai, India
Construction started1981
Opened25 April 1986
Design and construction
Architect(s)Philip Johnson
Main contractorLarsen & Toubro Limited

The Experimental Theatre is a 300-seat theatre at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Mumbai, India.[1] 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.[1]


Tata Theatre foyer entrance to the Experimental Theatre

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,[2] and Western operas and ballets. Famous artists such as Romain Descharmes have performed there.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "History & Legacy". NCPA Mumbai. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Catch a variety of western classical music being performed at NCPA". Time Out Mumbai. Archived from the original on 21 February 2014. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  3. ^ "Arties Festival|March 2013". NCPA. Archived from the original on 13 June 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.

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