Full company rehearsals have begun for a gripping new play by Anupama Chandrasekhar.

The Father and The Assassin traces Nathuram Godse’s life over 30 years during India’s fight for independence: from a devout follower of Mahatma Gandhi through to his radicalisation and their tragic final encounter. Shubham Saraf is cast as Godse alongside Paul Bazely as Gandhi.

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Halema Hussain and Anish Roy in rehearsal for The Father and the Assassin at the National Theatre

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham he cast also includes: Sagar Arya, Ankur Bahl, Ralph Birtwell, Ayesha Dharker, Marc Elliott, Ravin J Ganatra, Dinita Gohil, Halema Hussain, Irvine Iqbal, Nadeem Islam, Tony Jayawardena, Sakuntala Ramanee, Anish Roy, Sid Sagar, Shubham Saraf, Akshay Shah, Peter Singh and Maanuv Thiara.

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Set and costume design is by Rajha Shakiry, lighting design is by Oliver Fenwick and sound design is by Alex Caplen. Movement director is Lucy Cullingford, music composed by Siddhartha Khosla, music director is David Shrubsole, sound designer is Alexander Caplen, fight director is Ruth Cooper-Brown of Rc-Annie Ltd, and dialect coach is Shereen Ibrahim. Staff Director is Gitika Buttoo. 

The Father and The Assassin opens in May 2022 in the Olivier theatre.