The 200-Shows Club: 10 timeless Indian plays that have staged more than 200 shows!

Posted on 22 May, 2016 by Team Wishberry

Theatre-productions-that-have-made-it-to-the-100-Shows-Club Although not carved anywhere in stone, the mark of a great play is in its timelessness. There are plays that were staged first in the 90s and still continue to be showcased to full houses! And luckily for us, India has quite a fair share of such plays. Take a look at some of the plays that have made it to (what we’d like to call) the 200-shows club!

Vagina Monologues

Produced by Poor Box Productions, the Indian edition of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues is one of the most popular plays in India. The play has been translated to Hindi too, and stars notable theatre artists like Dolly Thakore, Rasika Duggal, Jayati Bhatia among others. The English and Hindi plays combined have opened to more than a 1000 shows to this day!
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Chanakya is written by Mihir Bhutia, and directed and enacted by Manoj Joshi. The play has been showing since its opening in 1990, and Manoj Joshi has literally lived in this role, making Chanakya an experience that needs to be seen to be believed. In December 2015, the play completed 25 years and in January 2016, the play opened its 951st show. The play continues to open to a full house every time!
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Dance Like a Man

Written by Mahesh Dattani and directed by Lilette Dubey, Dance Like A Man is a play that revolves around themes of an individual’s internal struggle and the workings of a family, against a dying art form. The play has crossed 550 shows so far.
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Hamlet The Crown Prince

Produced by The Company Theatre and directed by Rajat Kapoor, Hamlet – The Clown Prince is about a bunch of clowns putting up Shakespeare’s Hamlet and the insanity that follows as a result of this. The play had about 200 shows in Mumbai itself.
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Class of 84

Written and directed by Rahul da Cunha of Rage Theatre, Class of 84 is a roller coaster ride of pathos and humour that follows a reunion of seven friends. Not only has the play crossed more than 250 shows since its opening in 2003, it has also performed in countries like Malaysia, Oman and Dubai. Class of ’84 is one of the longest running Indian-English plays in the country.
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Sir, Sir, Sarla

Written and directed by Makarand Deshpande, Sir Sir Sarla is a story of a professor and his two beloved students. Sir Sir Sarla was written and first showcased in 2005, starring Anurag Kashyap and Sonali Kulkarni. Makarand opened the play seven years later, once again at the Prithvi Theatre Festival 2012.
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The Class Act

The Class Act is a play about what happens when a Muslim (who reads Shakespear, rather badly) comes in contact with a politically incorrect Parsi, a Goan-Christian and a wannabe actress. Written and directed by Meherzad Patel, the play is a laugh riot as the characters go about taking shots at some of the stereotypes largely prevalent in society today.
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Wedding Album

Written by Girish Karnad and directed Lilette Dubey, Wedding Album is a comic-drama that takes you through a traditional Indian wedding in a technologically advanced India. The play was first staged in 2013, it has completed over 260 shows and has travelled all over the country and world.
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A Walk in the Woods

Produced by veteran theatre company Motley, this is Ratna Pathak’s directorial debut. Based on Lee Blessing’s original play, the Indian adaptation of A Walk in the Woods revolves around two negotiators during the partition era. This is one of Motley’s most loved plays.
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Love Letters

Another stellar work by Rage Productions, Love Letters opened first in 1993. Since then it has had more than 250 performances. The play has performed in various cities in India and has also travelled to Singapore, Malaysia, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Oman on more than one occasion. It is considered to be one of the longest running English plays in India.
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Of course, these are merely the tip of the iceberg, but it’s extremely heartening to see plays have such a long shelf life. Which one’s your favourite? Tell us! Also, think this list needs to have some more plays? Tell us about them in the comments below!  

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