5 Ways To Awesomize Your Ranga Shankara Experience

Posted on Jan 3rd, 2010 by Shuchi in Theatre Trivia, Ranga Shankara

Ranga Shankara Ranga Shankara, the well-known theatre facility in Bangalore, is where most of my play-watching happens. Presenting for you 5 simple tips to get the best out of your Ranga Shankara visits.

  1. Be on time. A 7.30pm show will start exactly at 7.30pm. The doors shut when the show starts, and no matter who you are or what your compelling reasons for being late are, you will not be permitted entry after the doors close. No exemptions, no refunds for late comers. Don’t risk it, be on time.

    I speak from experience of commuting across half the city for an hour, and then missing a show by being two minutes late.

  2. Queue quickly. Ranga Shankara has free seating. Whoever enters first gets to take the better seats, which means in a house-full show the late entrants don’t have much choice. Keep your ears open for the first bell to queue (that’s usually 7.10pm for the 7.30pm show), and join the line early.

    Another bell goes off at around 7.20pm. That’s when the front entry doors close and the back doors open. In a house-full show, even if you reach a few minutes after entry starts, you might have to sit far off the stage. For popular shows and on weekends, try to reach before 7.10pm.

  3. Choose the best seats. Ranga Shankara has a thrust stage i.e. one that juts out and the audience sits on three sides around it. The auditorium accommodates approximately 300 people.

    The best seats are in the centre, close to the stage. My preference is the 3rd row. Some choose to take the first or second rows – I don’t as I enjoy the play better with a slightly wider view. (Beware, if you sit bang in front of the actors in a comic performance, you are often a butt of their jokes. It isn’t for the thin-skinned!)

    Tip for the gang that makes early entry, and runs up to grab seats in the very last row: In a hall for performing arts, the grading of seats is just the opposite of that in a movie hall. For watching plays, make a beeline for the rows in front – the last rows are the worst!

  4. Dine at the cafe. The Ranga Shankara cafe serves yummy food – don’t leave without eating.  Their serving times slow down on crowded days, but you can avoid the wait if you place your order before the show. The food will be ready for you when the show ends.

  5. Book tickets in advance. There was a time when one could land up at Ranga Shankara at 7pm, with not a doubt about getting tickets for the evening show. Today, high-profile plays like The Blue Mug get sold out weeks before the show date. If you reach the theatre facility without tickets hoping to watch the current show, chances are you will be disappointed.

    Now that online booking options are available (more on the ways to book in a follow-up post), reserving your tickets in advance has become quite convenient. Make the most of that facility.

Do you have your own tips to add? Write a comment below.

To know more about Ranga Shankara, visit their official website.

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Shuchi lives in Bangalore (mostly), when she isn’t traveling out of town for work. She adores theatre and writes about plays she watches whenever she gets a chance.

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7 Comments to “5 Ways To Awesomize Your Ranga Shankara Experience”

  1. They also have Sankar’s book store,it doesn’t have a big assortment of books but one can find the ‘Best Sellers’ and few movie dvds

    January 4th, 2010 3:45 am

  2. […] Book tickets in advance, so we said. […]

    January 11th, 2010 10:22 am

  3. Hi Shruthi, thanks for mentioning that. From the little I saw of Sankar’s I was underwhelmed. I had expected more theatre-related books than best sellers there. If I have time to kill at Ranga Shankara, I’d rather take a bite at their cafe than browse through the bookshop.

    January 16th, 2010 8:03 am

  4. incredibly expensive cafe.

    January 19th, 2010 8:04 pm

  5. […] Rangashankara keeps the stage dark when the audience walks in, but there’s no closed curtain. You can observe the set before the play begins, and let yourself imagine what would unfold. […]

    February 11th, 2010 10:19 pm

  6. Hi Shuchi,

    Good insights into enjoying RS even better… Will be trying your tips on seating today !

    August 20th, 2011 10:55 am

  7. Thanks Bharati!

    August 22nd, 2011 10:44 am

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