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Hampstead Theatre Drawing the Line to be streamed online

Drawing The LineThe Hampstead Theatre is to broadcast live online its production of Howard Brenton’s Drawing the Line for free on 11th January 2014.

Due to demand, the sold-out show, which is about the partition of India, will be broadcast online on 11th January at 7.30pm.

The production will also be available on demand for 72 hours following the live stream at either http://hampsteadtheatre.com/ with the stream link at:

Hampstead Theatre’s artistic director Edward Hall said: “We are delighted that Hampstead Theatre can continue to break new ground, following our first successful live-streaming event of The Arrest of Ai Weiwei in April, and live- stream for free this extraordinary play by Howard Brenton. We are grateful to Howard, the cast and the creative team for their support in enabling us to show their work in this way”.

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.

Cast in order of appearance
Clement Attlee John Mackay, Lord Pethick-Lawrence/Sargeant David Annen, Cyril Radcliffe Tom Beard, Antonia Radcliffe Abigail Cruttenden, Village Elder/Gandhi/Justice Teja Singh Tanveer Ghani, Villager/Liaquat/Justice Din Mohammad Simon Negra, Villager/Justice Mahajan Neil D’Souza, Young Village/Rao V. D. Ayer Nikesh Patel, Young Villager/Aide to Nehru/Aide to Mahajan/Lord Krishna Peter Singh, Christopher Beaumont Brendan Patricks, Dalit Woman/Taravati/Refugee Shalini Peiris, Dalit Woman/Kalvati/Refugee Salma Hoque, Photographer/Aide to Nehru/Abeer/Chaudri Rez Kempton, Lord Mountbatten Andrew Havill, Lady Mountbatten Lucy Black, Nehru Silas Carson, Jinnah Paul Bazely.

Writer Howard Brenton, Director Howard Davies, Designer Tim Hatley, Costume Designer Jack Galloway, Lighting Designer Rick Fisher, Composer Nicki Wells, Sound Designer Mike Walker, Casting Directors Suzanne Crowley and Gilly Poole, Assistant Director Will Wrightson, Production Manager Matthew Noddings, Company Stage Manager Robyn Hardy, Deputy Stage Manager Sophia Dalton, Assistant Stage Manager Megan Kearney, Costume Supervisor Sabrina Cuniberto, Wardrobe Mistress Josie Thomas, Wardrobe Assistant Charlotte Smith, Set Construction Souvenir.

Drawing the Line ends its run at the Hampstead Theatre on 11th January 2014

Tuesday 7th January 2014


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