The Father and the Assassin
Closed 2h 35m
The Father and the Assassin
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The Father and the Assassin London Reviews and Tickets

82%
(19 Ratings)
Positive
84%
Mixed
16%
Negative
0%
Members say
Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Clever, Intelligent

About the Show

Anupama Chandrasekhar's drama about the man who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi. 

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Show-Score Member Reviews (19)

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204 Reviews | 39 Followers
100
Great staging, Great acting, Masterful, Great writing, Must see

See it if you wanna see one of the best written and performed piece of theatre I've seen this year

Don't see it if not interested in a piece of a history no one knows about

113 Reviews | 13 Followers
80
Intelligent, Absorbing, Entertaining, Great staging, Thought-provoking

See it if You like biographical theatre

Don't see it if You don't like wordy biopic plays

301 Reviews | 15 Followers
65
Slow, Intelligent, Great acting, Dated

See it if Good staging and acting, and big set.

Don't see it if You don't like slow burners. I also found it followed a fairly predictable formula

54 Reviews | 3 Followers
52
Boring, Cliched, Great staging, Slow, Unbalanced

See it if you want to learn something about the history that led to the partition of India and assassination of Ghandi

Don't see it if you struggle with plays that do not know if they are a tragedy or a comedy and seem to lack a 'so what' Read more

39 Reviews | 2 Followers
95
Masterful, Great acting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You enjoy outstanding productions - great acting, set design, balanced historical perspective and dialogue. Must see, imo.

Don't see it if Serious and thought-provoking plays aren't what you enjoy.

42 Reviews | 5 Followers
77
Relevant, Provocative, Different, Engrossing, Disturbing

See it if you are interested in the history of India or in political drama.

Don't see it if you don't want to see a play that centers someone who is famous only because he killed the greatest man of the 20th Century. Read more

42 Reviews | 3 Followers
68
Intelligent, Ambitious, Clever

See it if Want an immersive insight into a key cultural point in India and Pakistans history. Love a play where history mets light heartedness

Don't see it if Want something serious and deep dive. Looking for a bold and impactful play.

16 Reviews | 0 Followers
97
Must see, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you want to learn about the origins of the Indian Pakistan conflict

Don't see it if you are not interested in history

Critic Reviews (14)

BroadwayWorld
September 15th, 2023

“Part meta-commentary, part historical epic, part character study, ’The Father and the Assassin’ should be seen as a definitive take on a moment in Indian and Pakistani politics that can still be felt today.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
September 18th, 2023

“Surprising in terms of its themes, there are some real laugh-out-loud lines of dialogue along with more powerful moments as the differing attitudes towards Partition are explored.”
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London Theatre
September 15th, 2023

“Abeysekera’s command of the Olivier stage is effortless, bringing real intimacy to a sweeping production and a presence that is both tough and effeminate, a small man determined to make a big impact.”
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The Stage (UK)
September 15th, 2023

“Our populism-blighted present hovers over Chandrasekhar’s play as it presents us with the story of Godse, and of the painful birth of modern India.”
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The Arts Desk
September 16th, 2023

"This is a history play, the modern resonances abound without ever being spelt out."
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The London Evening Standard
May 20th, 2022
For a previous production

The play is heavy on exposition but oddly short on dramatic substance. At the end, I felt I’d had a lot of history explained to me, rather than being immersed in it.
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Time Out London
May 18th, 2022
For a previous production

It’s a tremendous piece of writing from Chandrasekhar and a titanic lead performance from Saraf. If the play has a potential flaw it’s that it could lose some steam in the history lesson-style bits.
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The Telegraph (UK)
May 20th, 2022
For a previous production

This is a fascinating, important evening, with valuably shaming moments of British imperial brutality ... Yet overall, it has the feel more of a useful dossier than an edge-of-your-seat drama
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