Following a £4.3 million renovation, the newly opened Bush Theatre opens its 2017 spring season with darkly comic play, Guards At The Taj.
It’s 1648. Agra, India. Imperial guards 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:
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
Written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph and directed by Jamie Lloyd, Guards At The Taj takes an enduring legend about the Taj Mahal and prompts audiences to explore questions about art, privilege and duty. 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.
The cast will comprise of Danny Ashok (as Humayun) and Darren Kuppan (as Babur). As long-time collaborator with Lloyd, Soutra Gilmour provides the design, with lighting by Richard Howell and music composed by George Dennis.
Guards At The Taj plays Bush Theatre on 7 April to 20 May. For more information and to book tickets, visit the website.