The Father and the Assassin (London)
Ends Jun 18 2h 35m
The Father and the Assassin (London)
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The Father and the Assassin (London) London Reviews and Tickets

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Absorbing, Thought-provoking, Great acting, Intelligent, Great staging

About the Show

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

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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 (6)

Time Out London
May 18th, 2022

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 London Evening Standard
May 20th, 2022

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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What's On Stage (UK)
May 20th, 2022

It's all cleverly paced, caring about detailed moments, quiet scenes, as well as the larger swell of events. It's a supremely assured cast, bringing to life a complicated story in a play that proves the value of history for understanding today.
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The Times (UK)
May 20th, 2022

“I did not want the play to be a history lesson,” Chandrasekhar writes in the programme, but The Father and the Assassin is exactly that. I was left unpersuaded that a history lesson, however necessary, had sprouted into a fully functioning play.
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The Stage (UK)
May 19th, 2022

[The] text is a little arch in places, with much of the show passing in a flurry of neat scenes broadly summarising significant developments across the subcontinent. Director Indhu Rubasingham handles the play’s grand scope and serious themes with great flair.
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The Guardian (UK)
May 20th, 2022

Anupama Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today. It needs a powerful actor to hold the centre as Godse, and in Shubham Saraf it gets one.
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