Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, Shimla

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See history come alive on stage at Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex, one of the last of its kind in the world. Built in gothic style, this theater offers an unforgettable experience, teaching you about history and Indo British culture through plays, exhibitions, or recitals. Experience the combination of excellent acoustics and attractive architecture, which creates an amazing effect. Visit the photo gallery in the complex and see what the theater looked like in the previous century. A visit to Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Shimla trip builder app to plot your vacation.
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  • Opened in 1887 and designed on the lines of a Victorian London theatre, it is still active in producing plays. For a few Rupees you can tour the theatre, where Rudyard Kipling performed his works. You...  more »
  • Very good explanation from the resident guide who gave a good insight into the history of the theatre and who had been involved over the years - very interesting. Michael Palin and Rudyard Kipling hav...  more »
  • Nice renovation if a bit bodgy in places. We especially enjoyed the photos of Shimla past. Worth a visit  more »
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  • It's been rebuilt on old lines. Still has old stone masonry which is out of sync with new masonry and looks awful. Represents our colonial past. Best if the complex had been built on modern lines. Would have been more practical and good looking.
  • Its a wonderful place. Simla visit will be incomplete without visiting here. The architecture is unbelievable. We cant take photos from inside. So you have to visit there your own.
  • It’s a British time built and nice to view, every year Christmas celebration happens here with a lot of cultural programmes performed by different groups. New year celebrations also conducted here, you need to book passes better before time to avoid last minute rush.
  • Had a walk around today 50 rupees in which included taking photos We first had a private chat with one of the custodians of the theatre ,what a interesting place and man ,full of good information about the theatre it's history and restoration .
  • Iconic building of Shimla ABOUT GAIETY: The Gaiety Theatre, and a tradition of amateur theatrical remains in the stump of the once colossal edifice that was the Town Hall. The architect Henry Irwin, who built the Viceregal Lodge, designed the theatre building. In 1911, the upper portions of the building were dismantled as the structure was found to be unsafe. It was opened on the 30thof May, 1887, Queen Victoria's Jubilee Year and its God-Father was Lord Bill Beresford, who saved the Simla A.D.C.(Amateur Dramatic Club) , time and again from financial ruin. The formal inauguration of the Simla A.D.C. took place in the year 1888 and since then plays have been staged in the Gaiety with unfailing regularity.The history of ADC goes back to the times when theatre was looked upon as a major and serious source of entertainment and, therefore became a cultural necessity for the English elite. Hence, Shimla became the home of amateur theatre and the Gaiety Theatre produced the best of the plays performed in London.

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