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“Amongst world's 6 last remaining theaters of its style”

Gaiety Heritage Cultural Complex
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$22.00*
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Himalayan Historical Guided Day Tour in Shimla
Ranked #8 of 85 things to do in Shimla
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Kanpur
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73 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Amongst world's 6 last remaining theaters of its style”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

The gaiety theatre was built along the gothic style of architecture. It is very impressive to know how people of old days used to entertain themselves. There is separate arrangements of seating for the royalties and the commoners. The theatre has a unique mechanism of heating itself and the most interesting part is that only 50% of the audience could actually see the plays. Rest of them were there to only listen to the dialouges. In those times when there were no microphones, the architecture and the accoustics were so perfectioned that if the theatre was jam-packed and there was pin-drop silence then even a whisper uttered by the artist was audible to the audience.

Visited November 2012
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UK
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Not to be missed.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

A fascinating 45 minute tour of the theatre with Mr. Gautam (tourist guide) is well worth the time and small charge. The restoration is excellent and provides a great insight into the Colonial times. It was reassuring to see that it is used regularly by the local community and not just a "tourist attraction".

Visited October 2012
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San Jose, California
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A bit of colonial history”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

The Gaiety Theater almost looks like it was transplanted from England. It's a nostalgic reminder of the British in India.

Visited November 2012
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Beautifully restored”
Reviewed November 7, 2012

There is an enthsiastic guide who clearly loves the building and the restoration work that has taken place. We were lucky to see a group of children practising on the stage - as it brought it all to life. An enjoyable hour of anyone's time.

Visited October 2012
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Shimla
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Good for art lover”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This is a British time theater that has been recently renovated over the past few years. A good number of plays are played here. Good contribution to theatre art is given through this. A good place to visit and admire the architecture(British time).

Visited October 2012
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