Guards at the Taj
Jamie Lloyd directs the European premiere of this wickedly funny award-winning play from Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph.
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It’s 1648. Agra, India. Imperial guards and best mates Humayun and Babur keep watch as the final touches are put to the mighty Taj Mahal behind them. The emperor has decreed that no one, except the masons, labourers and slaves who exist within those walls, shall turn to look at the building until it is complete.
Now, as the building nears completion and the first light catches on the pure white domes behind them, the temptation to steal a glance at the most beautiful monument the world has ever seen grows stronger. But beauty has a price and Humayun and Babur are about to learn its true cost.
GUARDS AT THE TAJ takes as its starting point an enduring legend and prompts contemporary audiences to revisit questions about art and privilege.
1hr 20mins (no interval)
7th April, 2017
20th May, 2017
“Guards at the Taj is welcome reminder of Bush Theatre's magic. An engaging, intimate and briefly gruesome piece”
“Thought-provoking satire, resonant and striking”