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The Father and the Assassin

The Father and the Assassin

By Anupama Chandrasekhar
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781839040719, 104 pages, May 2022


Mahatma Gandhi: lawyer, champion of non-violence, beloved leader. Nathuram Godse: journalist, nationalist – and the man who murdered him.

Anupama Chandrasekhar's play The Father and the Assassin 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.


"Blackly hilarious... a brilliantly entertaining historical drama... a tremendous piece of writing, and very, very funny."

- Time Out

"Exhilarating... big, bold political history that commands the National Theatre's largest stage... Chandrasekhar artfully unpicks the forces of history with a tale of violence and colonialism that echoes into today."

- Guardian

"A terrific, stirring new play. It is both epic and easy, filling the stage with the sweep of history but, more importantly, with an engaging play of ideas... a play full of humour and humanity as well as analytical thought."

- WhatsOnStage