On stage, throwback to different ages; plays begin from August 10

‘Adaptation is an essential part of evolution’ is the central idea of this year’s MetroPlus Theatre Fest.

Launching the event at The Park, the editor of Business Line, Mukund Padmanabhan spoke about how this year’s festival would feature plays that are adaptations in some form or the other, ranging from the ‘Circus’, inspired by a Charlie Chaplin film, to a contemporary version of Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.

Speaking at the event, CEO Arun Anant pointed out there was always plenty of theatre happening in the country — from the Parliament to the corporate world to IPL. “We ensure that theatre remains theatre,” he said, adding, “A good society is one in which every field of art is nurtured.”

The festival runs from August 10 and will feature six plays. Perch (Chennai) and Rafiki (Bangalore) showcase ‘How to Skin a Giraffe’. Theatre aficionados can then take ‘A Walk in the Woods’ with Motley from Mumbai. The Koreans are back with ‘Tale of Haruk’, featuring puppets, masks and music. Also, ‘Sometimes’ by Akvarious Productions, ‘Romeo And Juliet - No Strings Attached’ by Bangalore’s Tahatto and ‘Circus’ by Matrics from Chennai. Tickets are priced at Rs. 600, Rs. 350 and Rs. 200. Season tickets will be available for Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 1,750. They can be purchased online at www.thehindu.com/theatrefest, www.indianstage.in , www.bookmyshow.com, www.meraevents.com and www.eventjini.com

Tickets will be available at The Hindu, Mount Road, ColorPlus showroom, Apex Plaza, Nungambakkam, and Landmark stores in Apex Plaza and Spencer Plaza. They will also be available at the venue from 10 a.m.

The sponsors of the festival are Bose, Kochar, ColorPlus, IBACO, Cardia - Olive Oil, Nippon Paint, Miot Hospitals, The Park Hotel, Chennai Live 104.8 FM. The event manager is Live from Evam