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A German Life

Christopher Hampton

A new play by Christopher Hampton, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, directed by Jonathan Kent

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£9.99
Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571356171
Date Published
18.04.2019
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Summary

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).

Critic Reviews

A triumph for the playwright Christopher Hampton . . . Get a ticket if you can. This is unforgettable.

The Times
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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

Daily Telegraph
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Absent from the stage for 12 years, Maggie Smith returns in triumph.

Guardian
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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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Christopher Hampton was born in the Azores in 1946. He wrote his first play, When Did You Last See My Mother? at the age of eighteen. Since then, his plays have included The Philanthropist, Savages, Tales from Hollywood, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, White Chameleon, The Talking Cure and Appomattox. He has translated plays by Ibsen, Molière, von Horváth, Chekhov, Florian Zeller…

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