The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre – casting announced

Casting has been revealed for the National Theatre’s forthcoming revival of Anupama Chandrasekhar’s The Father and the Assassin.

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, this exploration of oppression and extremism will play the Olivier Theatre at the National from 8 September to 14 October 2023.

The cast will include Hiran Abeysekera, who won an Olivier Award for his performance in Life of Pi, as Nathuram Godse, and Paul Bazely reprising his role as Mahatma Gandhi.

The cast will also feature Azan Ahmed, Ravi Aujla, Ayesha Dharker, Ravin J Ganatra, Raj Ghatak, Halema Hussain, Nadeem Islam, Tony Jayawardena, Nicholas Khan, Raj Khera, Hari Mackinnon, Sid Sagar and Akshay Shah.

The play is about a radicalised, devout follower of Gandhi who eventually became his killer, and was first staged at the National in 2022.

Joining Indhu Rubasingham in the creative team will be set and costume designer Rajha Shakiry, lighting designer Oliver Fenwick, movement director Lucy Cullingford, composer Siddhartha Khosla, additional music by David Shrubsole, sound designer Alexander Caplen, fight directors Rachel Bown-Williams and Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd, casting director Alastair Coomer CDG and associate set and costume designer Khadija Raza.

Director of the National Theatre Rufus Norris said in a press statement that it is “a great delight to welcome Hiran Abeysekera back to the NT for the first time since Behind the Beautiful Forevers, to lead a brilliant company in Indhu Rubasingham’s revival of Anupama Chandrasekhar’s hit play The Father and the Assassin.”

Also announced today by the National Theatre is their major new stage production of Roald Dahl’s The Witches, coming to the National in November 2023 starring Katherine Kingsley.

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📷 Main photo: The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre - Hiran Abeysekera (Photo by Chris Burgess) and Paul Bazely

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