Gaiety Theatre

The Mall, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh


The Gaiety Theatre was originally part of a huge town hall complex in the neo-Gothic style, spanning the Mall and the Ridge. This was built to reflect what Pamela Kanwar calls the social milieu of the upper five hundred.Kanwar explains that it  included all that British society needed: a theatre, a library, a large hall for suppers, balls, exhibitions and durbars; and a police station and weapons for protection. The ground floor consisted of the Gaiety Theatre, a Masonic Hall with a vaulted entrance, the municipal offices and the police station. The first floor contained the gallery of the theatre, the library, two reading rooms and a hall for holding public meetings.... The second floor consisted of a large ballroom and two retiring rooms. This floor also had a drawing room, a bar and a card room.

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