The Prithvi Theatre is a subsidiary of the Shri Prithviraj Kapoor Memorial Trust & Research Foundation. The Trust was set up in 1975 in the memory of Prithviraj Kapoor, to achieve the following aims:
- To promote professional theatre, Hindi Theatre primarily, by providing and managing a well-equipped Theatre space at very reasonable costs, with all technical facilities.
- To subsidise and promote aspiring and deserving stage artists, technicians, researchers etc.
- To host and conduct workshops.
- To provide rehearsal and workshop spaces.
- To create a theatre resource centre and research library (under construction).
- To provide medical and educational assistance to theatre workers and their children.
The Prithvi Theatre is a completely non-profit entity depending on the patronage of individuals and Corporates committed to the development of the performing and fine arts. Since its inception it is these patrons who have enabled the theatre to grow and expand its activities.
Prithvi Theatre has performances Tuesday to Sunday every week (closed for maintenance and Technical Rehearsals on Monday) through the year with over 643 shows a year and an average audience attendance of 77%.
We seek to be a catalyst for theatre - we were set up to promote and inspire professionalism in theatre, and we continue to work with that objective in mind.
Underlying everything we do - bringing it all together - is the Prithvi approach, or the Prithvi Way:
- An open welcoming attitude – the theatre itself is built this way, with no main gate, just an opening that literally draws people of the path and into the theatre compound. Groups access Prithvi equipment and property easily, and are invited to make the theatre their home for the days they perform here.
- A realistic sense of doing theatre in the country, which means we are mindful of unnecessary expenditure, but will not compromise on the needs of a production.
- A deep respect for the performance as the sacred space - no entry after the 3rd bell, an on-going effort to quell cell phones, a staff and all volunteers trained to do their utmost to provide for the needs of the performance - to constantly think of what is possible rather than what is not allowed!
- We also do our utmost, in theatre events created by us, to ensure that every seat has an audience member sitting in it. Complimentary tickets are never handed out, but are picked up at the venue and released 15 minutes before show time, so that others eager audiences get a chance to see the show though last minute sales.
- A belief in other people's ideas, and in our role as a catalyst, to help those ideas towards fruition. Thus PTNotes - our monthly newsletter, a brainchild of the editor Ramu Ramanathan, Dhamaal which keep resurrecting itself under many umbrellas - a brainchild of Satyadev Dubey - Prithvi gave it the space and Dubey ran it. Keli Festivals - initially held in collaboration with Prithvi, and now gets our full logistical support.
If you have a practical idea to contribute to the growth of and interest in theatre; Prithvi will mobilize its resources to help you on your way.
- Constantly evolving, questioning ourselves, re-evaluating our work.