Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex


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Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex Overview

Ranked 14 of 40 sightseeing in Shimla

The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is one of the testimonies of the historic British capital of India, designed by Henry Irwin. The 122 years old Cultural Complex is an important centre for all the theatrical, cultural and literary events. The Gaiety theatre along with Town Hall, known as Municipal Corporation at present, were planned and constructed together.

Built in the Gothic Victorian style on 30th May, 1887, the theatre has been a stage to national as well as international artists over the years. For preserving the heritage and making the complex more attractive, the complex was renovated in recent years without touching the existing structure.

The Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex is used by schools of the region for performing arts since June 2010. Tourists can also pay a visit to the ancient monument in groups and as a part of conducted tours. The first recorded drama performed at the Gaiety Theatre complex was on 9 June 1838. Later in the year 1887, The Amateur Dramatic Club was founded.

The attractions inside the complex are Art gallery exhibiting contemporary and traditional arts and a City Museum displaying historical arts and crafts of the Himalayan province. There is an Amphitheatre for hosting cultural performances. The multi-purpose theatre also features a conference hall along with the old theatre for theatrical and classical events.

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Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex

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25th Jan 17

Gaiety theatre, Shimla

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18th Mar 17

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Tanya Sangal
14th Jan 17

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28th Dec 16

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15th Dec 17

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13th Jan 17

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Operating hours

Monday - Friday:
11:00 AM -7:00 PM
11:00 AM -7:00 PM
11:00 AM -7:00 PM
Public Holidays:
11:00 AM -7:00 PM

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Manish bhatnagar

Manish bhatnagar5.0/5

50 reviews

Place of Dramas and Plays

The Theater was opened on 30th of May, 1887 and since then the place is important for art and culture. Excellent building at the mall road. One important place to visit.
  • Place of Dramas and Plays
  • Place of Dramas and Plays
  • Place of Dramas and Plays
  • Place of Dramas and Plays

Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq5.0/5

3023 reviews

The Soul Of The Gaiety' Are Art And Artists

Gaiety Theater, located on the Mall, was opened on the 30th of May, 1887. Many popular and famous film personalities have performed on its stage, a homage to the Art Lovers. Primarily, the Gaiety is famous for its social club. It is providing an opportunity for the cultural activities to Schools in Shimla. The theatre has been renovated with the original structure untouched to keep its heritage preserved while making it more attractive. The Soul Of The Gaiety are Art and Artists, for which it was dedicated.

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Rahul chaudhary

Rahul chaudhary5.0/5

2 reviews

Very authentic, reminds the old days

It was truly very nice experience visiting here. It reminded of the heritage and the history. The medieval time, the wartime, the britishers time, Its beautiful Will visit again with friends.

Muthusamy Muthusamy

Muthusamy Muthusamy5.0/5

184 reviews

A must see place

This is a theatre built in the British era. We were told that the sound is very well audible to every corner, even with out a mic. They have done some renovation and so it's quite new. The 1st floor has some photos of Shimla in olden days, in black and white.

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