Maggie Smith will return to the stage for the first time in 12 years to star in a new play by Christopher Hampton directed by Jonathan Kent at the Bridge Theatre, it has been announced. A German Life will tell the story of Brunhilde Pomsel, the personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels, the Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany. The play is drawn from testimonies given by Pomsel after she spoke to Austrian filmmakers in the 2016 documentary of the same name.
An elderly woman sitting in a chair, sharing her memories for 1 hour and 40 minutes without an interval, doesn't sound very theatrical. But since that woman is played by Maggie Smith, returning to the stage for the first time since the short-lived The Lady from Dubuque at the Haymarket in 2007, it has inevitably become a major event, selling out its entire run before it even opened.