Taj Express Tickets

Peacock Theatre Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
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Taj Express Child Policy

Suitable for 6+.

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All text is in English, song lyrics in Hindi.
Performance Timings
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Show Info

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Taj Express follows the story of ones 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 in India's factory of dreams.

Taj Express rhythmically blends explosive dance with the hits of India’s most iconic composers and is brought to life by the stars of Bollywood cinema and its greatest musicians performing live on stage.

It is set to an unforgettable soundtrack featuring the songs of Oscar winner A.R. Rahman.

With a cast of multi-talented performers, Taj Express is an uplifting show full of colour, high-energy music and sensational dance scenes choreographed by one of Bollywood’s top young choreographers, Vaibhavi Merchant and directed by Shruti Merchant. As director of Taj Express, she aims to immerse the audiences in the heart of contemporary Bollywood in a way that’s never been seen before.

Music: recorded + flute, guitar and tabla live.

Special effects: haze and strobe effects, including 'audience blinding' lights.

Taj Express Child Policy 

Suitable for 6+.

Important Information 

All text is in English, song lyrics in Hindi.

Important information

Running time
2hr 20min (inc. interval)
Booking Until
Sat, 20 October 2018

Taj Express Cast

Kareena Kaboom

Creative Team

Shruti Merchant
Vaibhavi Merchant
Pranav Merchant
Toby Gough
Abhijit Vaghani
Stephan Alcaraz
Aruna Nitin Poojary
Bipin Tanna

Production/ Management Crew

Choreographer: Shruti Merchant
Rajitdev Easwardas
Deepak Singh
Tejaswi Shetty
Pratik Utekar
Rahul Shetty

Lighting Director: Miguel Angel Fernandez
Sound Director: Alessio Comuzzi
Head of Wardrobe: Niraj Ruparel
Dance Captain: Hetal Seta

Taj Express Critics & Reviews

Taj Express, dance review: Big-hearted Bollywood razzle-dazzle


Taj Express is under no illusions about what kind of show it is. There'll be "unbelievable storylines, melodramatic acting and terrible jokes" we're told at the outset, so we can't complain when that's what we get.

The latest from India's Merchant family, who specialise in Bollywood dance razzle-dazzle, sees a young composer, Shankar, in the studio scoring his first Bollywood film, while each of the numbers he's writing materialises on stage. It's a neat framing device that smacks of trying to have one's cake and eat it, as Shankar and his band mock the cheesy numbers and weak script of the fictional movie, while the show is built on exactly those things.

The tone veers into panto, talking directly to the crowd, with topical jokes about Corbyn and Trump. There's energetic, fast-paced choreography mixing classical and pop styles, performed by a hard-working, if not uniformly topflight cast – the exception being leading man Hiten Shah, brimming with gusto and enough handsome self-possession to convince as a Bollywood idol.

It's not a lavish production by West End standards, relying on projected backdrop, flashing disco lights and non-stop costume changes with lots of eye-spanking gold glitter. But much of the music comes from Bollywood films, including a couple of tunes by AR Rahman, which fans will knowingly enjoy.A poor piece of theatre, but a good-hearted show that delivers a couple of hours of smiley, pacy, kaleidoscopically colourful distraction.


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Venue Info

Peacock Theatre

Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT


Peacock Theatre

Address: Portugal Street, London, WC2A 2HT
Capacity: 1000

The Peacock theatre is housed in the basement level of an office building, built in 1960.

Full Access Information

When you enter through the main doors, there are 5 hand railed steps up to the foyer level and a wheelchair platform lift to the right side if required. The right hand side main door is automatic and can be opened by pressing a large rectangular button on the right wall outside. If you do not wish to gain access by the steps or lift there is also a ramp entrance from Kingsway. Please speak to a member of staff if you wish to use this entrance.

In the foyer area, the Ticket Office is directly in front of you, and you can collect your tickets from there. The ticket desk has an induction loop system.

Headsets for audio described performances can be requested by speaking to a member of staff at the Ticket Office. There is a large print season brochure provided upon request and a large print programme if notice is given when booking your ticket.

There are three levels - Circle, Foyer and Stalls. There is an accessible toilet in the Foyer area and at Stalls level. A Radar key is required to gain access to the toilets and can be requested from a member of Front of House staff.

There are stairs leading to all levels and a lift to all floors, specifically available to those that cannot access the stairs. The lift is situated to the right of the main foyer. Please speak to a member of staff is you wish to use this facility. There is also a ramp leading to the back of the Circle seating area from the left side of the main foyer.

From the Stall bar area there are six steps leading up to the back of the auditorium. There is also a shuttle lift for those who cannot use the stairs. Please note this lift is not designed to be used by mobility scooters.

There are two bars selling refreshments. These are on the Stalls and Circle levels.

There is a cloakroom in the Circle bar with a low counter.

The Auditorium and Where To Sit

To the right of the Ticket Office, stairs and a lift lead down to the Circle bar and then the Stalls bar. The auditorium is accessed through the bars. This will take you into the back of the auditorium.

The auditorium seats approximately 800 people. The seating is raked, and two aisles - one either side of the auditorium - descend in shallow steps towards the stage. There is a handrail on the outside of each aisle, and the number of each row is lit on each step. There are also two aisles which divide both the stalls and circle in to three sections.

For wheelchair users, there are seven spaces at the back of the Circle. Wheelchair access is through the Ticket Office. A member of staff will escort you to your space. There are another two spaces at the back of the Stalls, which can be accessed by using the main foyer lift and the shuttle lift from the Stalls bar area.

The auditorium uses an infra red induction system.

Facilities At Peacock Theatre 

Seat plan: Peacock Theatre Seat Plan
Facilities: Air conditioned
Infrared hearing loop
Wheelchair accessible

2 licensed bars. Drinks brought to disabled customers in plastic cups. 22 steps down to Dress Circle bar from foyer – moveable chairs and tables. 44 steps to Stalls bar

Limited mobility: Seats J1–17 and J23–29, B1–4 and B20–23, C22, D7, D23, E8 and E24 all have good leg room.

Access description: Main entrance is on Portugal Street. 4 steps to foyer through double doors opening outwards. Box Office straight ahead. 22 steps down then 7 up to Dress Circle (2 steps between rows). 44 steps to Stalls. Steps have handrails and highlights

Sound Amplification: Infra-red system

Guide Dogs: Guide dogs allowed inside auditorium and staff available to dog-sit if needed

Disabled Access: No steps through the Admin. doorway on Kingsway – ask an usher to take you round. A portable ramp will be placed over 3 steps inside the entrance. Auditorium entrance along corridor and to left. 2 spaces for wheelchair users at back of Dress Circle. Companions can sit in same row. Transfer seating available to aisle seats. Wheelchairs stored in AV room

Nearest tube: Holborn
Tube lines: Central, Piccadilly
Location: West End
Railway station: King's Cross St Pancras
Bus numbers: (Aldwych) 1, 6, 11, 13, 23, 59, 68, 87, 91, 139, 168, 171, 172, 188, 243, RV1, X68
Night bus numbers: (Aldwych) 6, 23, 139, 188, 243, N1, N11, N13, N26, N47, N68, N87, N89, N91, N155, N171, N343, N551
Car park: Drury Lane, Parker Street (8mins)
Within congestion zone?: Yes
Directions from tube: (5mins) Turn left on Kingsway and carry on 200 metres until Claire Market, where the theatre is on your left.

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