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Maggie Smith to return to stage for first time in 12 years at the Bridge Theatre

Sophie Thomas
Sophie Thomas

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.

Maggie Smith will be the sole performer in A German Life as she plays Pomsel. Smith's theatrical career extends for over 65 years, receiving a damehood in 2014 for services to drama and a lifetime award at the 2011 Olivier Awards. Making her professional debut in 1956, her notable performing credits include a Tony Award-winning performance in Lettice and Lovage (1990), Academy Award-winning performances in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969) and California Suite (1978).

More recently, Smith has played Professor Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter film series (2001-2011) and Lady Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham in Downton Abbey (2010-2015).

A German Life is the latest play to be written by Christopher Hampton, whose works include Sunset Boulevard, Stephen Ward the Musical and The Philanthropist.

Design for A German Life is by Anna Fleischle, with lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Groothuis.

A German Life will play at the Bridge Theatre from 6th April for five weeks, with an official opening on 12th April. 

A German Life is at the Bridge Theatre from 6th April.

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