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 Theater 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).
01 May - 20 MayFrom £10
3, 10, 17 MayFrom £10
6, 13, 20 MayFrom £10
Theatre Club with Maddy Costa and Jake Orr post-show discussion Wed 10 May 9pm in the Reading Room. Free.
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A limited number of these tickets are available for each performance. They must be booked in advance but the seat will be allocated on the day of performance. Please go to Box Office on arrival to find out your seat number. You will probably not be sitting with your party.
Thu 27 Apr, 7.30pm
Sat 6 May, 2.30pm
Guards at the Taj contains mild, infrequent nudity and uses haze.
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