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Indian Ink

Closed November 30, 2014

"As usual, Mr. Stoppard is in firm control of his themes and his language, which are inseparable. The dialogue is rife with witty instances of misunderstandings that remind us that there's more than one way to speak and hear English."

The New York Times

Why See Indian Ink?

A brand new drama by Tom Stoppard

Roundabout Theatre presents the New York premiere of four-time Tony winner Tom Stoppard's romantic drama, Indian Ink. The story takes us across two continents and two eras, and stars Tony winner Rosemary Harris as a woman who tries to understand her older sister's legacy. Stoppard wrote Indian Ink based upon his 1991 radio play, In the Native State. Indian Ink received its world premiere in 1995 in Guildford, England.

Sir Tom Stoppard is the award-winning playwright of Arcadia, The Invention of Love and The Real Thing, which is also being staged as part of the Roundabout's 2014/2015 season. In 1998 he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the film 'Shakespeare in Love', which he co-wrote with Marc Norman.

What is Indian Ink about?

Set in the 1930s, this moving play first follows a young English poet, Flora Crewe, as she travels through India. The country is on the verge of gaining its independence and there Flora finds creative inspiration as well as love. The narrative then moves fifty years forward in time to 1980s England, where Flora's younger sister, Eleanor (played by Rosemary Harris), tries to preserve the legacy of her sister's career. As she comes to learn more about her older sister's past and creative spirit, the two are drawn closer through art though they are world's apart.

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Opening night: 4 September 2014


Suitable for audiences of all ages

Run time

Two hours and 45 minutes including one interval

Cast and Creative


Rosemary Harris as Eleanor Swan
Romola Garai as Flora Crewe
Firdous Bamji as Nikrad Das
Bill Buell as Englishman
Nick Choksi as Dilip
Neal Huff as Eldon Pike
Caroline Lagerfelt as Englishwoman
Omar Maskati as Nazrul
Tim McGeever as Resident
Brenda Meaney as Nell
Philip Mills as Eric
Ajay Naidu as Coomaraswami
Bhavesh Patel as Anish Das
Lee Aaron Rosen as David Durance
Rajeev Varma as Rajah/Politican.


Directed by Carey Perloff
Written by Tom Stoppard


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