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Sunday 01st March, 2020


Ashcroft Playhouse


After a successful national tour ‘Subrang Arts returns to Fairfield Halls for the final show of ‘Shakuntala’ – one of India’s best literary classics. A romantic tale of love, loss and redemption, this magical theatrical extravaganza features an intergenerational cast of over 40 performers  who will bring the endearing characters alive and cast a spell of rare classical charm through vibrant dances, colourful costumes and spectacular multimedia projections. The dance drama is in Hindi with English surtitles and narration. The story is based on a mythological fairy tale weaving many elements of  India’s rich cultural heritage –  literature, language, history, music, dance and drama.

Shakuntala faces a challenging life: abandoned in a forest as a baby, then forgotten by her husband, King Dushyanta, due to a curse placed upon her. When facing the prospect of raising her son alone, she learns to gain strength and raises her son Bharat who later  becomes the first Emperor of India. Bharat conquered all of Greater India into a single political entity. It is after his name that India derived its name ‘Bharatvarsha’.


Producer : Subrang Arts

Director/Choreographer : Harsha Amin

Music Director : Amit Thakker

Script Writer : Girish Chandegra

English Narration : Harish Bhimani

Project Manager : Lata Desai




Sunday - 01st March 6:00 PM £15 Book Now

Venue Info

Ashcroft Playhouse

With increased capacity of over 800 seats the Ashcroft Playhouse will present seasons of plays and musicals as well as being home to local community performances and events.  Seasons of live cinema broadcasts will also feature in the programme.


On Monday 16 September 2019, Dame Judi Dench formally re-dedicated the Ashcroft Playhouse at Croydon’s Fairfield Halls to her friend and Croydon-born fellow actress Dame Peggy Ashcroft. The award-winning actress unveiled the People’s Picture, a giant commemorative mosaic by artist Helen Marshall.


Dame Judi Dench unveils Dame Peggy Ashcroft mural