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Bollywood comes to the Peacock Theatre with the return of Taj Express

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AFTER a sensational UK premiere in 2017, Taj Express is returning to the Peacock Theatre from Tuesday, October 2 to Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Following a successful tour of America, the production makes its way back to The Peacock from Film City, Mumbai, transporting the kaleidoscopic colours of India into the heart of London’s West End.

Taj Express follows the story of one man’s passion and another man’s genius. Young composer Shankar struggles with his music, and it’s only when he begins to follow in the footsteps of his idol, A.R. Rahman, that he discovers his path to success.

The production reveals the secrets of the world’s most prolific film industry, and the people behind the screen who make the magic of Bollywood happen.

Taj Express combines the talents of sisters Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, the former choreographing, and the latter directing. The pair were part of the creative team behind The Merchants of Bollywood, based on the lives of their grandfather Shri Hiralalji and Vaibhavi herself.

Featuring the music of A.R. Rahman – composer of Danny Boyle’s 2008 film Slumdog MillionaireTaj Express is written by award-winning international musical theatre writer and director, Toby Gough, the creator of hit shows such as Lady Salsa, The Bar at Buena Vista, and Havana Rumba!

Taj Express tours the UK throughout autumn 2018, with performances at Birmingham Hippodrome (September 11-15); Empire Theatre, Liverpool (September 17); Regent Theatre, Stoke (September 18); Hull City Hall (September 19); Lyceum Theatre, Sheffield (September 20-22); New Victoria Theatre, Woking (September 24); Wycombe Swan (September 25); Corn Exchange, Cambridge (September 26); Pavilion Theatre, Bournemouth (September 27); Charter Theatre, Preston (September 28-29); and The Peacock, London (October 2-20).

Tickets (Peacock Theatre): £15 – £45. To book, call the box office on 020 7863 8222 or visit

Times: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, Saturday at 2:30pm, Sunday at 2pm and 6pm.