Maggie Smith will return to the stage for the first time in 12 years in A German Life at the Bridge Theatre, a new play by Christopher Hampton drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel (1911-2017). Smith, alone on stage, plays Brunhilde Pomsel.
Directed by Jonathan Kent, previews begin on 6 April 2019 with the opening night on 12 April for a five-week run until 11 May. Design is by Anna Fleischle, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Groothuis.
Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the 20th 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.
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.