Taken at Midnight transfers to the Haymarket Theatre
The Chichester Festival Theatre's production of Taken at Midnight has announced it will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End for a limited 9 week season from 15 January 2015 to 14 March 2015 with an official opening on 26 January.
Directed by Jonathan Church, this new play by Mark Hayhurst is currently running at Chichester's Minerva Theatre, where is was commissioned by commercial producer Mark Goucher, and written with Penelope Wilton in mind.
The full cast for the transfer includes Penelope Wilton (Irmgard), Martin Hutson (Hans Litten), Allan Corduner (Franz Litten), Pip Donaghy (Erich Muhsam), Mike Grady (Carl von Ossietzky), John Light (Dr Conrad), David Yelland (Lord Clifford Allen), Marc Antolin (Gustav Hammerman), Christopher Hogben (Hotelier) and Dermont McLaughlin (SA Officer).
In Taken at Midnight, Hayhurst casts light on a universal theme as the mother of brilliant German Jewish lawyer Hans Litten fights for his release against the seemingly impossible might of the Nazi regime. Fearless and indomitable she confronts his captors at enormous personal risk. The unquestionable love of a mother for her son is put centre stage in Hayhurst’s study of the horrors of pre-war Nazi Germany.
Penelope Wilton plays Irmgard, Litten’s mother. She was last seen in the West End in 2009 in 'Hamlet' at the Wyndham’s Theatre. Other recent credits include 'A Delicate Balance' at the Almeida Theatre, as well as screen roles in 'Downton Abbey' and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'.
The production will feature designs by Robert Jones, along with lighting design by Tim Mitchell, sound design by Mike Walker and original composition by Matthew Scott.