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This show closed on May 20, 2017
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.
Bush Theatre
7 Uxbridge Road
LondonW12 8LJ
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1hr 20mins (no interval)
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Critic Reviews
Thought-provoking satire, resonant and striking
Time Out
Guards at the Taj is welcome reminder of Bush Theatre's magic. An engaging, intimate and briefly gruesome piece
Evening Standard