HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME: A HAMPSTEAD THEATRE PRODUCTION FROM 2013
DRAWING THE LINE
By HOWARD BRENTON
Directed by HOWARD DAVIES
Running time: 2 hours and 15 minutes
FREE (See ticket information)
Really? Have the British sent a fool? Do they want to turn partition into a Gilbert and Sullivan opera?
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE AT HOME
13 - 19 Apr 2020
Box Office: 020 7722 9301
Originally performed and live streamed in 2013 on The Guardian website, this unique recording of Drawing The Line returned as part of the Hampstead Theatre At Home series. Thank you to the whole company for kindly allowing us to share this incredible play again. Drawing The Line was available to watch on demand from Monday 13 April until Sunday 19 April. Find out more.
★★★★ The Guardian
★★★★ The Sunday Times
★★★★ Financial Times
★★★★ The Independent
★★★★ Evening Standard
★★★★ Daily Mail
London, 1947. Summoned by the Prime Minister from the Court where he is presiding judge, Cyril Radcliffe is given an unlikely mission. He is to travel to India, a country he has never visited, and, with limited survey information, no expert support and no knowledge of cartography, he is to draw the border which will divide the Indian sub-continent into two new Sovereign Dominions. To make matters even more challenging, he has only six weeks to complete the task.
Wholly unsuited to his role, Radcliffe is unprepared for the dangerous whirlpool of political intrigue and passion into which he is plunged – untold consequences may even result from the illicit liaison between the Leader of the Congress Party and the Viceroy’s wife… As he begins to break under the pressure he comes to realise that he holds in his hands the fate of millions of people.
Howard Brenton's sweeping epic directed by Howard Davies vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world.
MR JUSTICE MEHER/CHAND MAHAJAN/VILLAGER
CHAUDRI/AIDE TO NEHRU/INDIAN PHOTOGRAPHER
LIAQUAT/VILLAGER/AIDE TO NEHRU/DIN MOHAMMED
RAO VD AYER/YOUNG MAN
YOUNG MAN/AIDE TO JINNAH/LORD KRISHNA
Artistic Director Roxana Silbert talks to Lauren Laverne about #HampsteadTheatreAtHome
HAMPSTEAD THEATRE, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GUARDIAN, TO STREAM A SERIES OF HIT PRODUCTIONS FROM ITS DIGITAL ARCHIVE, FOR FREE
Hampstead Theatre and The Guardian will re-release the live stream recordings of Mike Bartlett’s Wild, Beth Steel’s Wonderland and Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free.
Vanessa Thorpe reports that three acclaimed Hampstead productions will be available to watch on the Guardian site as the coronavirus outbreak continues.
'Theatre has always sought to bring people together to tell stories that resonate.'
Drawing the Line was live-streamed Saturday 11 January 19:30 GMT.
Drawing the Line review by The Sunday Times Jane Edwardes
Drawing battle lines at the end of the Raj By Quentin Letts, The Daily Mail
Drawing the Line, theatre review: ‘A fresh perspective on India’s partition’ By Paul Taylor, The Independent
Prime minister asking a favour?
Howard Brenton’s new play skilfully distils the turmoil of partition, focusing on the role of one man By Sarah Hemming, Financial Times
Howard Brenton’s ambitious account of the partition of India in 1947 crams an amazing amount into 25 scenes of cool clarity By Michael Billington, Guardian
Howard Brenton’s historical drama is a slick work which examines the independence of India and the creation of Pakistan By Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard
Drawing the Line Review By Michael Coveney, WhatsOnStage
Taken by Catherine Ashmore
This production is the second of the historical dramas that we have commissioned from Howard Brenton: the first, 55 Days, was one of the theatrical events of 2012.
Howard Davies discusses Drawing the Line, his theatre career and his most meaningful award with Hampstead’s online features Editor, Susie Benson.
Cast members Paul Bazely (Jinnah), Tom Beard (Cyril Radcliffe), Lucy Black (Lady Mountbatten), Silas Carson (Nehru), Tanveer Ghani (Gandhi) and Andrew Havill (Lord Mountbatten) discuss their characters and Howard Brenton’s new play Drawing The Line.
Photos taken by Catherine Ashmore
We talk to Howard Brenton, writer of Hampstead’s hit plays 55 Days and #aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei, about Sophocles, the intimacy of theatre and the inspiration behind his new play Drawing the Line.