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by Shahid Nadeem, Tanya Ronder


An intense domestic drama of global consequence ? for India then and for our world now. 1659. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother?s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession. Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people ? and of his emperor father ? but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India?s future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their beloved sister, assuage Aurangzeb's resolve to seize the Peacock Throne and purge the empire?

Written by Shahid Nadeem and adapted by Tanya Ronder. Premiered at the National Theatre in 2015.