The Father and the Assassin
Ends Oct 14 2h 35m
The Father and the Assassin

The Father and the Assassin London Reviews and Tickets

(10 Reviews)
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Absorbing, Great staging, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (10)

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150 Reviews | 20 Followers
Must see, Masterful, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting

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

91 Reviews | 10 Followers
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Great staging, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You like biographical theatre

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

20 Reviews | 0 Followers
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.

7 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Informative, Absorbing

See it if It told a true story of a sad piece of history in a way that was insightful and with some funny parts without dishonouring the story.

Don't see it if Some history was excluded but there is only so much that can be included

161 Reviews | 26 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if you want a detailed historical play that’s brilliantly acted from start to finish- though slow and in depth sometimes to it’s own detriment.

Don't see it if you can’t sit through a fairly serious 2.5 hours, though the acting and the surprising injection of humour will make it easier to swallow.

426 Reviews | 79 Followers
Great staging, Educational, Upsetting

See it if you don’t know the subject matter.

Don't see it if you can’t hold still for 2.5 hours. Read more

32 Reviews | 0 Followers
Funny, Profound, Riveting, Edgy, Absorbing

See it if You like a new view on history with heart, humour and grit

Don't see it if Violence offends and history not your thing

10 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if You have an interest in the British Empire, Indian history or the impact of past events on the modern day.

Don't see it if You are in the mood for something light hearted (although there are lots of light moments in the show) as ultimately it is thought-provoking

Critic Reviews (14)

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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