Message from the Trustees
The Prithvi Theatre has been designed not only for performances, but also for rehearsals, discussions and meetings.
In short, it should inspire the greatest possible interest in the professional theatre. In order to do this, we have chosen to build a thrust stage with the audience arranged in a steep bank on three sides of the acting area. At the rear of the thrust is a small open-end stage intended to be used as a background and entrance rather than an acting area.
This is a form that has been widely used for centuries, in traditional performances. Our aim is to rediscover the intimate and compelling actor & audience relationship that has been lost in today's theatre. Such an arrangement should also be ideal for music recitals - as the back row is no more than 25 feet away from the centre stage, artificial amplification becomes unnecessary and we approach the intimacy of the old 'music room.'
The entire building is air conditioned, including the dressing rooms. The theatre will be run on a non-profit basis. The hiring charges are expected to cover merely the running charges.
We hope we have built a 'space' which will be stimulating and challenging both to the directors and actors who use it, as well as exciting and involving for the audience.