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The cast introduce Drawing the Line

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Published on Nov 20, 2013

Cast members Paul Bazely (Jinnah), Tom Beard (Cyril Radcliffe), Lucy Black (Lady Mountbatten), Silas Carson (Nehru), Tanveer Ghani (Gandhi) and Andrew Havill (Lord Mountbatten) take a break from rehearsals to discuss their characters and Drawing The Line.

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 and Howard Davies reunite following Hampstead's critically acclaimed and sell-out hit 55 Days last year. Brenton's sweeping epic Drawing the Line vividly unfolds the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world.

Drawing the Line runs on Hampstead Theatre Main Stage 3 December 2013 - 11 January 2014. Click here for information and to book - http://hampsteadtheatre.com/whats-on/...

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