A German Life

6 April - 11 May 2019 Choose Dates & Book
A new play by Christopher Hampton, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, directed by Jonathan Kent

“I had no idea what was going on. Or very little. No more than most people. So you can’t make me feel guilty.”

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 based on the testimony she gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016. 

Maggie Smith, alone on stage, plays Brunhilde Pomsel. 

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).

‘Maggie Smith makes a stunning return to the stage’

Ann Treneman, The Times ★★★★★

‘It’s nights like this that explain why Maggie Smith is one of the greats’

Dominic Cavendish, The Daily Telegraph ★★★★★

‘Maggie Smith returns in triumph’

Michael Billington, The Guardian ★★★★

‘A brilliant performance’

Sarah Hemming, Financial Times ★★★★★

‘Maggie Smith returns triumphantly’

Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard ★★★★

‘This surely is the theatre event of the year’

Aleks Sierz, i ★★★★★
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Performance Schedule
Monday to Saturday 7.30pm

Running time
1 hr 40 mins approx (no interval)

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Cast

Brunhilde Pomsel
Maggie Smith

Creative Team

Director
Jonathan Kent
Writer
Christopher Hampton
Designer
Anna Fleischle
Lighting
Jon Clark
Sound
Paul Groothuis