A family at war. An empire in the balance.

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

An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now presented by the award-winning Theatre company Prayas with an epic ensemble cast.

Written by Shahid Nadeem adapted by Tanya Ronder
Directed by Amit Ohdedar and Sananda Chatterjee

Dara is performed in English. 


Please be on time: Due to the actor's entry and exit points, Dara has a strict lockout policy. We advise you to arrive on time.

Warning: Dara features a scene that refers to suicide, which may raise issues for some people. Viewer discretion is advised.

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