Guards at the Taj

Venue Lennox Theatre
Dates 24 February - 05 March 2022
Category Theatre

Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta Presents
By Rajiv Joseph

An exploration of beauty and power, autocracy and resistance, and conflicting loyalties, featuring a heartbreakingly funny and relatable friendship tested, and broken, by extreme and brutal circumstances.

Humayun and Babur are best friends, and guards in Hindustani ruler Shah Jahan’s Imperial Army. They bicker, reminisce about jungle escapades and have the dubious privilege of standing guard over the Taj Mahal, Shah Jahan’s epic tribute to his dead wife, the night before it is revealed to the world as the most potent and powerful personification of beauty.
Humayun, sternly loyal second generation civil servant, is content to follow orders, even when the Emperor, determined that no object more beautiful than the Taj Mahal should ever be built again.

Please Note:
This performance contains theatre haze, coarse language, violence, blood, adult themes and simulated violence. Recommended for ages 15+

If Guards at the Taj raises any concerns for you following the performance, Lifeline offers a 24 hour counselling service and can be reached at 13 11 14 . Additional information can be found on their website, Other services which may be of assistance include mental health advocacy organisation, Beyond Blue ( 224 636 ) or speak to your local GP or trusted source.

This performance has a lockout period and latecomers will be allowed in at the first appropriate moment in the show.

*Please contact Box Office directly for group bookings of 8 or more, email or call 02 8839 3399.

**This show is eligible for the Evening Excursions initiative for school bookings, 1 free teacher per 20 students, or $23 for any additional, click here to find out more.

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By Rajiv Joseph
Director Bali Padda

Akkshey Caplash
Idam Sondhi

Mentor Darren Yap
Set and Costume Design James Browne
Sound Design Me-Lee Hay
Lighting Design Kate Baldwin
Creative Futures Rita Naidu

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Dates and Times:

Thursday 24 February 2022 at 8pm (Preview)
Friday 25 February 2022 at 8pm (Preview)
Saturday 26 February 2022 at 8pm (Opening Night)
Wednesday 2 March 2022 at 8pm
Thursday 3 March 2022 at 8pm
Friday 4 March 2022 at 8pm
Saturday 5 March 2022 at 2pm
Saturday 5 March 2022 at 8pm


1 hour and 30 minutes with no interval

Ticket Prices

Concession $120
Under 30 $90
$33 - $44
Concession $36 - $41
30 & Under $30 - $35
Preview $28 - $33
$44 - $49
Concession $40 - $45
30 & Under $34 - $39
Preview $34 - $39
Groups 8 +*

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