Maggie Smith returns to stage In A German Life, a new play by Christopher Hampton, directed by Jonathan Kent

A German Life

Maggie Smith will return 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, previews begin on 6 April 2019 with the opening night on Friday 12 April for a five-week run until 11 May.  All performances are at 7.30pm.  Booking opens today to Bridge priority members and public booking is from 10am (GMT) on 26 February.

Design is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Jon Clark with sound by Paul Groothuis.

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).

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

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.


Tricycle Theatre announces new series of ‘ In Conversation With’ fundraising events hosted by Jim Carter

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

Judi Dench and Maggie Smith

The Tricycle Theatre has announced a new series of ‘In Conversation With’ events, with all monies raised going towards the company’s activities, including their extensive Creative Learning programme and the Tricycle’s current Capital Development Project. The events feature a special one hour long conversation with leading industry professionals before a Q&A session, hosted by returning curator and longstanding supporter of the Tricycle, Jim Carter. He hosts evenings with Paul Greengrass, Danny Boyle, and a joint conversation with Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.

Jim Carter said today, “It’s wonderful to be returning to the Tricycle, one of London’s most vibrant theatres, to talk to these legendary figures of stage and screen, in what I hope will be an unmissable series of events.”

Artistic Director of the Tricycle, Indhu Rubasingham added, “We’re enormously grateful to Jim and his wonderful guests for their time and support for the company. I am excited and thrilled that the Tricycle will be hosting these very special Artists for a unique series of events that will not only help us to fundraise, but also provide an extraordinary experience for our audiences. I can’t wait!”

On Sunday 5 February, join the BAFTA Award-winning and Oscar-nominated director Paul Greengrass. The event will feature a one hour conversation and Q&A session hosted by Jim Carter followed by a special screening of The Bourne Ultimatum.

Tickets: £25 

On Sunday 12 February, join the BAFTA and Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle. The event will feature a one hour conversation and Q&A session hosted by Jim Carter followed by a special screening of Slumdog Millionaire. 

Tickets: £25 

 For both Paul Greengrass and Danny Boyle the conversation and Q&A will run from 5pm – 6pm, followed by a 20 minute interval with the film running from approximately 6.20pm.

 On Sunday 26 February, join two of the world’s most celebrated actors Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, who will appear together in conversation for a one-off, truly inspirational evening hosted by Jim Carter. For a supplement of £25 audiences can attend a special fundraising reception following the event, hosted by the Tricycle Theatre’s Artistic Director Indhu Rubasingham.

Tickets: £100. VIP reception: £25 [limited capacity 100 places available]

The conversation and Q&A will run from 5pm – 6pm, with optional VIP reception from 6pm – 7pm.

 Ticket booking opens to Tricycle Theatre members at 1pm on 12 December, and to the public at 1pm on 14 December.

In Conversation With                                                                                                                           Listings


269 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7JR

Box office: 020 7328 1000

Sunday 5 February 2017:

Jim Carter in conversation with Paul Greengrass, 5pm.

Tickets: £25

Sunday 12 February 2017:

Jim Carter in conversation with Danny Boyle, 5pm.

Tickets: £25

Sunday 26 February 2017:

Jim Carter in conversation with Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith, 5pm.

Tickets: £100 + £25 optional VIP reception with the Tricycle’s Artistic Director, Indhu Rubasingham. Please note: VIP reception will not be attended by Dame Judi Dench or Dame Maggie Smith.

All proceeds from this event will go to supporting the Tricycle Theatre, a registered charity.

(Charity Number 276892)

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