BookMyShow unveils The Great Indian Theatre Festival

MUMBAI: BookMyShow, India’s leading entertainment destination, has unveiled The Great Indian Theatre Festival (TGITF) which brings the biggest celebration of art, culture and storytelling.

The festival, curated to cater to theatre-loyalists as also first-time theatre-goers, will bring together more than 50 of India’s finest actors live on stage through 150 plus shows starting 22nd February. TGITF will be home to over 50 plays that will be performed across 25 plus cities in India.

TGITF will launch with a grand premiere in Mumbai with veteran actor Zeenat Aman’s return to theatre with ‘Dearest Bapu, Love Kasturba’ before moving to Hyderabad, Delhi, Bengaluru, Vadodara, Chennai and Kolkata. The play marks Zeenat Aman’s comeback to theatre after a 15-year hiatus.

Presented by RBL Bank, The Great Indian Theatre Festival features celebrated names including Shabana Azmi, Kumud Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Vinay Pathak, Rakesh Bedi, Shikha Talsania, Mandira Bedi, Samir Soni, Jim Sarbh, Ranvir Shorey, Neil Bhoopalam, Lillete Dubey, Kitu Gidwani, Sandhya Mridul, Arif Zakaria, Suchitra Pillai, Cyrus Sahukar, Aadar Malik, Saurabh Shukla, Achint Kaur, Ira Dubey, Aahana Kumra, Shweta Tiwari, Sayantani Ghosh, Minissha Lamba, Rohit Roy amongst others. The 5 month-long festival will travel to various Indian cities including Jaipur, Pune, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Indore, Bhopal, Surat, Bhubaneswar, Goa and Kochi to name a few through its journey.

Speaking about the festival, BookMyShow COO – Live Entertainment Albert Almeida said, “BookMyShow’s latest offering from its vast repertoire of unparalleled out-of-home experiences, The Great Indian Theatre Festival is a culmination of India’s love for theatre. This form of art is deep-rooted in our culture and over time, the appetite for quality theatre has grown manifold with Indian audiences seeking varied entertainment options in this genre. At BookMyShow, we strive to cater to this discerning theatre-loving audience and their evolving interests by taking quality theatre around the country, reaching as many as 25 cities. The Great Indian Theatre Festival will be one of the most memorable and grandest theatrical experiences the country has witnessed, bringing together India’s love for story-telling and its finest artists.”

The festival has an impressive line-up of productions with unique voices that are a reflection of the times that we live in. This spectrum, which mirrors the evolution of Indian Theatre, includes plays such as Macbeth, Hamlet, Nothing Like Lear, I Don’t Like It As You Like It, Hello Zindagi, Dhumrapan, Shikhandi, A Few Good Men, August – Osage Country, Ovee – The Haunted Hostel, Salaam Noni Aapa and Mirror Mirror, to name a few.

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