"...touching, funny and potent.... a captivating exploration of how far friendship can be pushed and the tension between duty and humanity."

— City Hub


Written by Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Bali Padda
A National Theatre of Parramatta production

★★★★½ The Sydney Morning Herald
★★★★ Artshub

What happens to a life-long friendship when two ordinary men are ordered to do the unthinkable?

At the grand opening of the Taj Mahal, the most beautiful building in the world, the Emperor decrees that nothing more beautiful shall ever be built again. To ensure this, he orders two imperial guards to perform a horrendous task.

The guards are best friends. Humayun is a loyal civil servant with complete trust in the authorities, while Babur is a dreamer, and deeply distressed by the order that has been bestowed upon them. He plans a revenge that will put these two best friends at odds.

Featuring a heartbreakingly funny friendship put to the ultimate test and existential banter reminiscent of Beckett and Stoppard, Guards at the Taj mixes witty black comedy with the bloodiest deeds of Greek tragedy.

Sydney Theatre Award Nomination – Best Newcomer Akkshey Caplash – 2022
Australian Production Design Guild Award Nomination – James Browne – 2022

Rajiv Joseph Playwright
Bali Padda Director / Tour Producer
Joanne Kee Executive Producer – National Theatre of Parramatta
Daniel Cottier / Emma White Associate Producer – National Theatre of Parramatta
National Theatre of Parramatta Producer
Akkshey Caplash Performer – Babur
Idam Sondhi Performer – Humayun
James Browne Production Designer
Kate Baldwin Lighting Designer
Me-Lee Hay Sound Designer
Paperjam Partners Production Management
Noni Carroll Production Photography

Event and Ticket Details

Hearing Aid Loop Wheelchair Access
Ian Macintosh Theatre 105 William St, Bathurst NSW 2795 Get Directions

BMEC Members Adults $39 / Concession $33
Non-Members* Adults $45 / Concession $39

Purchase a Festival Pack to see both Guards at the Taj and Back to the Roots and save $! Phone or counter sales only.
BMEC Members Adults $60 / Concession $52
Non-Members* Adults $70 / Concession $60

* A $3 transaction fee applies for Non-Members

Event Notes

Recommended for ages 14+ This production includes the use of blood, theatre haze, coarse language, and simulated violence.

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