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Production shot of Nachtland in London, featuring John Heffernan as Philipp, Dorothea Myer-Bennett as Nicola and Angus Wright as Kahl
Production shot of Nachtland in London, featuring Jane Horrocks as Evamaria
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Production shot of Nachtland in London featuring Gunnar Cauthery as Fabian
Nachtland Tickets

About Nachtland

What would you do if you discovered a piece of art in your attic that may have been painted by Adolf Hitler? That’s the incendiary premise of a new work by leading German satirical playwright Marius von Mayenburg, which will have its UK premiere at the Young Vic in London. Don’t miss this provocative tale: book your Nachtland tickets now on London Theatre.

The show takes place in modern-day Germany and sees Nicola and Philipp clearing out their father’s house following his death. But when they find an old painting in the attic, featuring a street scene from 1920s Vienna, they come to realise it might be a work by the Führer himself.

What should they do with it? Sell it, keep it – or burn it? The issue divides Nicola, Philipp, and Philipp’s wife Judith, opening up fractures in their family and marriage, and asking big questions about history, legacy, evil, and the rise of the new Right in Europe.

But von Mayenburg’s Nachtland play, translated by Maja Zade, handles these difficult issues with a satirical zing: expect plenty of laughs, albeit uncomfortable ones – plus some passionate debate in the bar afterwards.

Fortunately, the London Nachtland production is directed by Patrick Marber, the brilliant playwright and director who moves easily between comedy and drama. He recently won a Tony Award for directing Tom Stoppard’s play Leopoldstadt, and his own work includes Dealer’s Choice, Closer and Don Juan in Soho.

The company features Jane Horrocks – best known for playing Bubble in sitcom Absolutely Fabulous, and for creating the lead role in The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – plus John Heffernan, Gunnar Cauthery, Jenna Augen, and Angus Wright.

Make sure you’re there to see them bring this thought-provoking play to life. Book your Nachtland tickets on London Theatre now.

Assisted Performances
Audio Described Performance: Tue 16 Apr, 7.30pm with free Touch Tours at 6pm

Run time

1 hour 35 minutes (no interval)

Start date

February 20th, 2024

End date

April 20th, 2024



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Production note
Themes of racism, particularly antisemitism. References to the Holocaust & the Israel-Palestine conflict. References to the death of a parent. Scenes of incest and moments where blood is onstage. Strong language, including explicit sexual language.


66 The Cut, London, United Kingdom, SE1 8LZ


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: Pocock Street (Stop V) 40, 63
Car park: National Car Park Ltd

More information about Nachtland

Tony Award-winner Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt) directs a jagged new satire from one of Germany's foremost playwrights.

Modern day Germany. Nicola and Philipp argue as they clear out their late father’s house. When they find an old painting stashed in the attic, things get savage.

The painting is a quaint street scene from 1920s Vienna; the work of a failed artist who abandoned his original vocation for Nazism… Nicola wants to sell it. Philipp wants to keep it. Philipp’s wife Judith wants to burn it.

Nachtland* is a mordant satire about marriage, legacy, the rise of the new right, and the terrible impulses buried deep.

Marius von Mayenburg is one of Germany’s most produced contemporary playwrights. His plays include Fireface, Plastic and The Ugly One.

*Nachtland is an invented German word. It suggests a place of eternal darkness.

Assisted Performances
Audio Described Performance: Tue 16 Apr, 7.30pm with free Touch Tours at 6pm

Show schedule

Day of weekMatineeEvening
Monday-7:30 PM
Tuesday-7:30 PM
Wednesday2:30 PM7:30 PM
Thursday-7:30 PM
Friday-7:30 PM
Saturday2:30 PM-

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