Arts Singapore

Preview: Guards at the Taj by Singapore Repertory Theatre


For their final production this year, the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) will be presenting the Singapore premiere of Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj, winner of the 2016 Obie Award for Best New American Play.

Directed by esteemed Malaysian thespian Jo Kukathas (last seen as Julius Caesar at Shakespeare in the Park)Guards at the Taj is set in 1648, where the Taj Mahal is being constructed in complete secrecy. On the evening before the great reveal, we cast our eyes upon Hamayun and Babur, two low-level imperial guards tasked to stand guard at the Taj. Forbidden to look at the building and expected to maintain complete silence, Babur begins to break the silence and speak, convincing Hamayun of doing something that might change their lives forever. And then, they’re ordered to do the unthinkable…

A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize finalist, Guards at the Taj is set to be a wickedly dark comedy based on the myth surrounding the Taj Mahal that “nothing so beautiful shall ever be built again”. Riveting and perceptive, this production promises to examines the human condition of Everyman who dare to dream, and end off SRT’s 2018 season on a high note.

Guards at the Taj plays at the KC Arts Centre from 14th November – 1st December 2018. Tickets available from SISTIC

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