Seen by over 30,000 people when it was originally staged at the National Theatre in 2015, Dara will be screened as part of The REP’s Open Day.

It’s 1659. The imperial court in Mughal, India – 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?

“There is no limit to what families do to one another, so much crueller than they are to strangers.”

Dara was adapted at the National Theatre by Tanya Ronder from Shahid Nadeem’s play, originally performed by Ajoka Theatre, Pakistan. Directed by Nadia Fall, with production consultant Anwar Akhtar, Dara addresses culture, history and religious tolerance; it is a domestic drama of global consequence.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Tessa Walker (Associate Director at The REP), Anita Bhalla OBE, Shahid Nadeem (Director of Dara and Artistic Director of Ajoka Theatre Company) and Anwar Akhtar (Director of The Samosa Media Project and Production Consultant on Dara).

“A magnificently ambitious project, beautifully acted, and visually sumptuous, that throws both light and darkness on a crucial moment in world history.”
Time Out

“Visually ravishing. Nadia Fall’s beautiful, silken production balances clarity and fluency.”
Financial Times

“Beautiful. Zubin Varla captures perfectly the anguished idealism of Dara.”
The Guardian

“Plush costumes, movement and live Indian music are an utter delight; an elegant evocation of period and mood.”

“Sweeping, enthralling, sprinkled with poetic imagery”

“Bold. Epic. Ambitious. Zubin Varla is outstanding as Dara.”
Daily Telegraph

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The DOOR at The REP

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  • The REP’s smallest auditorium. The DOOR seats 140 people. Wheelchair seating is available at the front.

    A highly intimate space, The DOOR has been dedicated to new plays since 1998 and has seen many world premieres!

    Because entry to the auditorium stands on the very edge of the performance space, absolutely no latecomers can be admitted to shows in The DOOR!

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Part of REP Open Day Spring 2016

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