Experimental Theatre, National Centre for the Performing Arts
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


  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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