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Maggie Smith returns to the stage to star in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

MAGGIE Smith is returning to the stage for the first time in twelve years in A German Life, 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.

Directed by Jonathan Kent, A German Life runs at the Bridge Theatre for five weeks – from April 12 (previews from April 6) to May 11, 2019.

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 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 has had an extensive career in theatre, film and television. Her many awards include two Academy awards, five BAFTAs, four Emmys, nine Evening Standard awards and a Tony. She was made DBE in 1990 and a Companion of Honour in 2014.

Tickets: 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.

Booking opens today (February 13, 2019) to Bridge priority members and public booking is from 10am (GMT) on February 26.

Time: 7.30pm.

Also at the Bridge Theatre: Alys, Always, starring Joanne Froggatt and Robert Glenister (February 25 to March 30) and an immersive production of William Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream (June 3 to August 31, 2019).