First Look: Guards at The Taj at the Bush Theatre

Danny Ashok and Darren Kuppan rehearsing Guards at the Taj at the Bush Theatre. Credit Marc Brenner.jpg
Danny Ashok and Darren Kuppan rehearsing Guards at the Taj at the Bush Theatre. Credit Marc Brenner.jpg

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First Look: Guards at The Taj at the Bush Theatre

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29th March 2017

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Rehearsal images have been released for the European premiere of Guards at the Taj, written by Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph and directed by Jamie Lloyd. Danny Ashok will play Humayun and Darren Kuppan will play Babur.

This darkly comic play runs at the newly revitalised Bush Theatre, following its major £4.3m capital project. 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.

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.

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