Drawing the Line
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781848423725Publication Date:
5 Dec 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook, 96 pages ISBN: 9781780013008Publication Date:
8 Oct 2014
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
First Staged:
Hampstead Theatre, London, 2013

Drawing the Line

By Howard Brenton

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A vivid telling of the chaotic story of the partition that shaped the modern world.

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 play Drawing the Line was premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in December 2013.

Press Quotes

'Powerful... a fascinating play which views colonial culpability from an unexpected and singularly revealing angle'


'Brenton is a masterly storyteller... the play expertly draws you into the maelstrom'

Financial Times

'Brenton knows how to make history manifest... gives a vivid picture of the pressures of the time'


'Fleet and fascinating'


'Crisp, elegant and revelatory... a fascinating story of mixed intentions and rushed folly'

The Stage
Paperback,96 pages ISBN: 9781848423725Publication Date:
5 Dec 2013
Size: 198mm x 129mm£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)
Ebook,96 pages ISBN: 9781780013008Publication Date:
8 Oct 2014
£12.99 £10.39You save £2.60 (20%)

Also by Howard Brenton:

Lawrence After Arabia
Doctor Scroggy's War
Eternal Love
The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists
#aiww: The Arrest of Ai Weiwei
Faust: Parts I & II
Cancelling Socrates
The Shadow Factory
Never So Good
55 Days
Anne Boleyn
Berlin Bertie
Miss Julie & Creditors
Miss Julie
The Blinding Light
Dances of Death

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