The Father and the Assassin (London)
Closed 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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Great staging, Great acting, Thought-provoking, Intense, Absorbing

About the Show

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

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Member Reviews (5)

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334 Reviews | 70 Followers
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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

38 Reviews | 1 Follower
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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.

10 Reviews | 0 Followers
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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

5 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Ambitious, Intense, Thought-provoking, Intelligent, Great acting

See it if Fascinating insight into the assassination of Gandhi exploring his assassins background and the e ents that led up to partition.

Don't see it if Historical insights dont interest you.

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
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Great staging, Intriguing, Historical, Refreshing, Intense

See it if You want a cast with lots of brown actors, representing India, love beautiful design elements (lighting, sound, set), interested in Gandhi.

Don't see it if You don’t enjoy playwrights taking artistic liberty with historical characters. If you don’t like “villain“ narrators.

Critic Reviews (9)

The Telegraph (UK)
May 20th, 2022

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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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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Theatre Bee (UK)
May 27th, 2022

A thorough investigation into Godse's childhood and formative years evolves into an increasingly murky, touch-and-go exploration of later years. Topical, thought-provoking, but historically incomplete and lacking ambition.
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The Arts Desk
May 20th, 2022

Chandrasekhar is clear that she is not interested in presenting "a history lesson ... [but] there are times when this does feel like an excursion into history.
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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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