While Mumbai rarely sees a winter season, there’s a palpable nip in the air as November rolls around. Diwali will be celebrated with great gusto in early November, complete with lanterns, fireworks, and special sweets and savouries. The city takes on a festive flavour, which continues well into December and right up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
The theatre season begins and this year, the Natioanl Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai’s premiere performance space adds an international flavour to its calendar of events. First up is the India première of Nick Payne’s award-winning play Constellations, directed by Bruce Guthrie. From 22-25 November, there will be 6 performances of the play that The New York Times called “the most sophisticated date play Broadway has seen”. This will be followed by NCPA and The Shakespeare Edit’s co-production of Shakespeare’s poem Lucrere, directed by Paul Goodwin. The play stars Bollywood actress Kalki Koechlin and is a modern adaptation of the 16th-century poem that tackles current issues around sexual assault and patriarchy. The play runs from 28-29 November. The final production, in collaboration with the Australia Fest, is Slingsby’s Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner, from 19-20 January, 2019. All productions will be staged at NCPA’s Experimental Theatre. ncpamumbia.com