One of our all-time favourite actresses Dame Maggie Smith ( best known for her roles in Downton Abbey , Harry Potter and Best Exotic Marigold Hotel among many others) is returning to the stage for the first time in 12 years. We have compiled all the info you need to know about A German Life, when, where and most importantly how to get tickets.
What is A German Life?
A German Life is a new play by Christopher Hampton drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel (1911-2017). Maggie Smith, alone on stage, plays Brunhilde Pomsel It will be directed by Jonathan Kent.
Design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Jon Clark with sound by Paul Groothuis.
Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels.
Christopher Hampton’s play is drawn from the testimony Pomsel gave when she finally broke her silence shortly before she died to a group of Austrian filmmakers, and from their documentary A German Life (Christian Krönes, Olaf Müller, Roland Schrotthofer and Florian Weigensamer, produced by Blackbox Film & Media Productions).
“I had no idea what was going on. Or very little. No more than most people. So you can’t make me feel guilty.”
When and Where?
Previews at The Bridge Theatre in London begin on 6 April 2019 with the opening night on Friday 12 April for a five-week run until 11 May. All performances are at 7.30pm.
Bridge Theatre, 3 Potters Fields Park, London, SE1 2SG
How do I get tickets?
Tickets go on general sale on Tuesday 26th February at 10am. Tickets are priced from £15 to £69.50 with a limited number of day seats and premium seats available. A special allocation of £15 seats are held for Young Bridge, a free scheme for those under 26. You can get tickets here.
Let us know at @CelebMix if you are as excited as we are to see Maggie Smith’s return to the stage?