A German Life
A new play by Christopher Hampton, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, directed by Jonathan Kent
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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).
A triumph for the playwright Christopher Hampton . . . Get a ticket if you can. This is unforgettable.
A compelling history lesson . . . with its attention to telling detail, and wry, subtle psychological revelation, there's something of Bennett's style in fellow playwright Christopher Hampton's text
Absent from the stage for 12 years, Maggie Smith returns in triumph.
Christopher Hampton has turned that testimony into a skilfully-shaped monologue . . . her words have a chilling power and an uncomfortable resonance for today.
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