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The Father and the Assassin

a new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar

12 May-18 June
Running Time: approx. 2 hours 35 mins incl. interval

The Father and the Assassin

The story of the man who murdered Gandhi.

Mahatma Gandhi: lawyer, champion of non-violence, beloved leader.

Nathuram Godse: journalist, nationalist – and the man who murdered him.

This gripping new play traces Godse’s life over thirty 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 (The Great Wave) reunites with Anupama Chandrasekhar, one of India’s most exciting playwrights, for this essential exploration of oppression and extremism.

The reopening of the Olivier theatre is generously supported by Areté Foundation / Betsy & Ed Cohen

This play is a recipient of an Edgerton Foundation New Plays Award

This production is supported by the Red Butterfly Foundation

Talks and Events

Indhu Rubasingham and Anupama Chandrasekhar in conversation, Fri 27 May, 1–1.45pm, online
Playwriting at the NT with Anupama Chandrasekhar, Sat 16 July, 10am–12 noon, online, £25/£15

Trailer: The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre

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Could India have been different had Gandhi lived?

Director Indhu Rubasingham (The Great Wave), Playwright Anupama Chandrasekhar (When The Crows Visit) and Set and Costume Designer Rajha Shakiry (Misty) discuss the inspiration and stories at the heart of their new play.

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The Father and the Assassin rehearsal gallery

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£86, £66, £56, £46, £36, £20

Friday & Saturday eves
£89, £69, £59, £49, £39, £20

Previews 12 - 13 May
£67, £47,  £38, £30, £25, £20

Previews 14 - 18 May
£69, £49, £40, £32, £25, £20

Tickets for 16-25 year olds

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Young people taking part in a NT youth workshop


Sagar Arya
Vinayak Savarkar
Sagar Arya
Ankur Bahl portrait
Madhav / Kishore / US Godse
Ankur Bahl
Paul Bazely portrait
Mohandas Gandhi
Paul Bazely
Ralph Birtwell photo portrait
Ensemble / US Gandhi/Baba
Ralph Birtwell
Marc Elliott portrait
Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru
Marc Elliott
Ravin J Ganatra portrait
Saradar Vallabhbhai Patel
Ravin J Ganatra
Dinita Gohil portrait
Dinita Gohil
Halema Hussain photo portrait
Halema Hussain
Irvine Iqbal
Mohammad Ali Jinnah
Irvine Iqbal
Nadeem Islam portrait
Nadeem Islam
Sakuntala Ramanee photo portrait
Ensemble / US Aai
Sakuntala Ramanee
Anish Roy portrait
Ensemble / US Apte/Madhav/Kishore
Anish Roy
Sid Sagar
Narayan Apte
Sid Sagar
Shubham Saraf
Nathuram Godse
Shubham Saraf
Akshay Shah photo portrait
Ensemble / US Daulat/British Policeman/Kishen/Mithun/Jinnah
Akshay Shah
Peter Singh
Daulat / British Policeman / US Savarkar
Peter Singh
Maanuv Thiara
Kishen / US Patel/Nehru
Maanuv Thiara

Production team

Poster production image by Marc Brenner

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