Established in 1987, Masque Theatre earned a reputation for bringing classic literary pieces to life.
Vickram Kapadia launched Masque in 1987 with his first directorial venture, Luigi Pirandello’s Six Characters in Search of an Author. This was followed by landmark productions David Henry Hwang’s Dance and the Railroad, William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and his own Black with Equal among others. In 1998 and 2001, the company collaborated with two other theatre producers - Rage and Ohinniyan - to create the hugely successful ‘Going Solo’ evenings – a series of monologues that ran to houseful shows for three consecutive weeks. Masque ventured into the world of Hindi theatre in 2013 with the Hindi version of Bombay Talkies, which Vickram had written and directed in English for the company Orchid Room Experiment in 2011. After The Merchant of Venice, the company will, due to popular demand, revive Black with Equal.
Maverick theatre maker Vickram Kapadia effortlessly combines the related avatars of director, actor, writer, lighting designer and filmmaker, He trained under the legendary Pearl Padamsee, and was cast by other directors including Salim Ghouse, Meher and Noshir Jehangir and Naseeruddin Shah through the 80s. In 1992, he was invited by Naseeruddin Shah to co-direct Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar for the NCPA - with a cast of seventy. In the mid to late nineties, disappointed by the lack of original Indian scripts to direct, Vickram turned to playwriting. His monologue On the Road, written for the Going Solo series, is considered a benchmark in original English theatre. Vickram’s first two-act play, the satirical black comedy Black with Equal has been performed at festivals across India (including the NSD’s prestigious Bharat Rang Mahotsav), enjoyed an uninterrupted run of house-full shows in Mumbai until its closure in 2007, and has been published by Sahitya Akademi.
Masque has a range of critical and popular shows to its credit: The Dining Room, Dance and the Railroad, Romeo and Juliet, Tughlaq, Musk Maiden, Black with Equal, Marathon and Bombay Talkies (Hindi).