After the successful decade of Mandala Naatakghar in Anamnagar, Mandala Theatre Nepal has built a new and comprehensive theatre space in Thapagaun, Kathmandu in 2021. Hiring a land space of about 2 ropanis in a lease contract for ten years, the theatre company has built four buildings including two auditoriums in the space.
The main building in the space has three stories with the ground floor having open parking space together with restrooms, garden, and waiting lounge. The first floor includes space for a coffee shop, open gallery, books and merchandise shop, box office, 2 rooms for artists residency, and a hallway/lobby. The rooftop part of the building will be occupied by the restaurant and artist café.
Among the 2 auditoriums, the big theatre hall has a capacity of accommodating 200 audiences with luxury seating arrangements. Building three includes a small auditorium which is a flexible studio in the concept of Blackbox theatre and can accommodate 100 audiences at once. The Blackbox theatre can also be used as a training hall for different activities and big group meetings. The same building has workshop space, a storeroom, and some office spaces on its second floor. Both the auditorium has basic technical facilities such as light and sound system, control rooms, changing rooms, ACs, etc.
The fourth building in the space is the already-existing house. It is a residential block and has three stories which has hostel rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, open terraces, and rooftop space. The building has been used as artist residency and office of Mandala Theatre-Nepal. Recently, the students of Mandala’s Drama School are accommodated in the Artist Residency to complete their course activities. The first batch of Mandala’s Drama School had been started in November 2020 and is running its 4th and final part of the training where students are being taught learning and practicing production development.
Mandala will officially/publicly start the art-related activities in this venue from January 2022.