The Father and the Assassin - National Theatre

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National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, London
Booking to 14 October 2023
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About The Father and the Assassin

★★★★★ “An extraordinary production” – The Observer

The National Theatre revives its gripping, acclaimed production of The Father and the Assassin.

This compelling drama traces the life of Nathuram Godse – journalist, nationalist, and the man who murdered Gandhi, over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter in Delhi in 1948.

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham (Kerry JacksonThe Great Wave) and written by one of India’s most exciting playwrights, Anupama Chandrasekhar, this fascinating exploration of oppression and extremism stars Olivier Award-winner Hiran Abeysekera (Life of Pi) as Nathuram Godse with Paul Bazely (Cruella) as Mahatma Gandhi.

The Father and the Assassin will play in the Olivier theatre of the National Theatre from 8 September to 14 October 2023.

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What's the story of The Father and the Assassin?

Mahatma Gandhi: lawyer, champion of non-violence, beloved leader. Nathuram Godse: journalist, nationalist – and the man who murdered Gandhi. This gripping play traces Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter in Delhi in 1948.

Who is in the cast of The Father and the Assassin?

The play stars Hiran Abeysekera as Nathuram Godse and Paul Bazely as Mahatma Gandhi, alongside Marc Elliott, Sasha Ghoshal, Aysha Kala, Johndeep More, Aryana Ramkhalawon, 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.

 

 

 

 

Who are the creative team of The Father and the Assassin?

Written by Anupama Chandrasekhar, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, 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.


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Reviews of The Father and the Assassin

Reviews from the 2022 production at the National Theatre

★★★★★ "Brilliantly entertaining" - TimeOut
★★★★★ "An extraordinary production" - The Observer

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Performance dates
Booking to 14 October 2023

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Venue Information

National Theatre - Olivier Theatre, Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube or Train: Waterloo (Jubilee line, Northern line, Bakerloo line)
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News about The Father and the Assassin

First look: rehearsal images for The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre
The National Theatre has released rehearsal photos for Anupama Chandrasekhar’s critically acclaimed The Father and the Assassin, directed by the Kiln Theatre’s Artistic-Director, Indhu Rubasingham.  This gripping new play by one of India’s most exciting playwrights, returns to the Olivier Theatre from 8 September. 2022 Olivier Award-winner Hiran Abeysekera (Life of Pi, West End) plays the role of Nathuram Godse, Ghandi's assassin with Paul Bazely (Cruella, Disney) reprising his role as Mahatma Gandhi.  The previously announced cast also includes Azan Ahmed (The Tempest, Shakespeare Globe), Ravi Aujla (The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre/Neal Street Productions), Ayesha Dharker (Chasing Hares, Young Vic), Marc Elliott (She Loves Me, Sheffield Theatres), Ravin J Ganatra (When Winston went to War with the Wireless, Donmar Warehouse), Raj Ghatak (The Kite Runner, UK Productions/Flying Entertainment), Sasha Ghoshal (Bend it Like Beckham the Musical, Starvox Ents), Halema Hussain (Does My Bomb Look Big In This?, Tamasha Theatre), Nadeem Islam (Antigone, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Tony Jayawardena (East is East, Birmingham REP/National Theatre), Aysha Kala (The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre), Nicholas Khan (Life of Pai, Simon Friend Entertainment), Raj Khera, Hari Mackinnon (The Cherry Orchard, Yard Theatre/ETT/HOME), Johndeep More (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Perth Theatre), Aryana Ramkhalawon (Exodus, National Theatre of Scotland), Sid Sagar (Cabaret, ATG/Underbelly) and Akshay Shah (Kabul Goes Pop, Hope Mill Theatre). This gripping play traces Nathuram  Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter in Delhi in 1948.  Director Indhu Rubasingham reunites with writer Anupama Chandrasekhar for this essential exploration of oppression and extremism.  The Father and the Assassin runs from 8 September to 14 October 2023 at the National Theatre, London Rehearsal photos: The Father and the Assassin [ngg src="galleries" ids="1262" display="pro_tile"]
Full casting announced for The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre
Full casting has been announced forThe Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre in London Joining the previously announced cast is, Marc Elliott (She Loves Me, Sheffield Theatres), Sasha Ghoshal (Bend it Like Beckham The Musical, Starvox Ents), Aysha Kala (The Motive and the Cue, National Theatre), Johndeep More (The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar, Perth Theatre) and Aryana Ramkhalawon (Exodus, National Theatre of Scotland). 2022 Olivier Award-winner Hiran Abeysekera (Life of Pi, West End)) will play the role of Nathuram Godse with Paul Bazely (Cruella, Disney) reprising his role as Mahatma Gandhi. The cast also includes Azan Ahmed (The Tempest, Shakespeare Globe), Ravi Aujla (The Lehman Trilogy, National Theatre/Neal Street Productions), Ayesha Dharker (Chasing Hares, Young Vic), Ravin J Ganatra (When Winston went to War with the Wireless, Donmar Warehouse), Raj Ghatak (The Kite Runner, UK Productions/Flying Entertainment), Halema Hussain (Does My Bomb Look Big In This?, Tamasha Theatre), Nadeem Islam (Antigone, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre), Tony Jayawardena (East is East, Birmingham REP/National Theatre), Nicholas Khan (Life of Pi, Simon Friend Entertainment), Raj Khera, Hari Mackinnon (The Cherry Orchard, Yard Theatre/ETT/HOME), Sid Sagar (Cabaret, ATG/Underbelly) and Akshay Shah (Kabul Goes Pop, Hope Mill Theatre). Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Anupama Chandrasekhar's acclaimed drama is an exploration of oppression and extremism. The play traces Nathuram Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Gandhi, through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter in Delhi in 1948 The play returns to the Olivier Theatre at the National from 8 September to 14 October 2023. More about The Father and the Assassin tickets at the National Theatre in London
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. More about The Father and the Assassin tickets at the National Theatre in London

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