Guards at the Taj

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“If we hadn’t done our jobs tonight, we’d be hanging by our necks in the royal courtyard getting our eyes pecked out by the royal crows. So excuse me if I don’t wallow in some misbegotten guilt all night. Was it fucked up? Yes, it was. But I don’t have to feel terrible about it.”

Jamie Lloyd directs the European premiere of this wickedly funny award-winning play from Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph.

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. The play premiered at the Atlantic Theatre in New York to great acclaim in 2015 and is the recipient of both the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play (2016).

Running time: 
1 hour 20 minutes
10 images
Child Policy:
Contains mild, infrequent nudity.
Guards at the Taj Performance Dates & Times
Available from: 
Saturday, 20 May, 2017
Booking to: 
Saturday, 20 May, 2017

Bush Theatre

7 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 8LJ
Venue Box Office:
020 8743 5050
Nearest tube:
Shepherd Bush

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First Look at Guards at the Taj at Bush Theatre
Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Bush Theatre has released official production photos of its current European premiere of Guards at the Taj by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, which began previews on 7 April and runs at the venue through to 20 May 2017. The New York premiere won the Obie Award for Best New American Play and the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Play when it premiered at the Atlantic Theater in 2015. Directed by Jamie Lloyd, the cast includes Danny Ashok (as Humayun) and Darren Kuppan (as Babur).

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