Naatak Presents its Biggest Production Ever

A Grand Musical


How a tea-seller becomes Prime Minister

Show Dates: September 10 – October 2, 2016
Venue: Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto, CA

Written and Directed by Sujit Saraf

Produced by Soumya Agastya

About the Play

A half-blind, bumbling tea-seller in Delhi rises to become Prime Minister of India in this hilarious and hard-hitting satire on Indian democracy. Based on the 2007 novel The Peacock Throne, acclaimed by Time and The Guardian, the play is a grand farce, starting with the 1984 anti-Sikh riots that followed the assassination of Indira Gandhi, and ending with the election that threw up a hung parliament in 1989. Tucked amidst these momentous events is the tale of a humble and foolish tea-seller, whose rise to power is the bittersweet story of India itself. The play features spectacular sets, costumes and lights, along with live music by Nachiketa Yakkundi and his team, and dance by Niharika Mohanty, Deepa Mahadevan, Madhuri Kishore and their team. The whole play rhymes.

Mr India is Naatak’s 54th production and is the winner of a Knight Foundation award. It will be the largest production ever staged by Naatak. There will be as many as 50 people on stage, and we will perform as many as 13 shows.


Language: Hindi (with English supertitles)
Run-time: 2 hours 20 minutes
(includes a 15-minute intermission, during which tea and samosas are available for purchase)
Children under 7 will not be admitted


SAT Sep 10, 6pm **SOLD OUT**
SUN Sep 11, 4 pm **SOLD OUT**
FRI Sep 16, 8 pm **SOLD OUT**
SAT Sep 17, 6 pm **SOLD OUT**
SUN Sep 18, 4 pm **SOLD OUT**
FRI Sep 23, 8 pm **SOLD OUT**
SAT Sep 24, 2 pm
SAT Sep 24, 6 pm **SOLD OUT**
SUN Sep 25, 4 pm **SOLD OUT**
FRI Sep 30, 8 pm
SAT Oct 1, 2 pm
SAT Oct 1, 6 pm
SUN Oct 2, 2 pm

TICKETS**No Service Fees**
Individual Tickets

GEN:    $25
VIP:   $35

Group Tickets (for 4+ tickets)

GEN Group: $22
VIP Group: $32
**Deep discounts available for 10 or more tickets. Please call 408.499.5692 or email


Cubberley Theater,
4000 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303

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