Maggie Smith Will Return to London Stage in Christopher Hampton’s A German Life

London News   Maggie Smith Will Return to London Stage in Christopher Hampton’s A German Life
Jonathan Kent will direct the solo play based on the life of Brunhilde Pomsel.
Maggie Smith
Maggie Smith

Tony and Oscar winner Maggie Smith, who amassed a new legion of fans with the long-running TV series Downton Abbey, will return to the stage this spring for the first time in 12 years.

Smith will star in Christopher Hampton's solo show A German Life, drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel (1911–2017).

Directed by Jonathan Kent, previews will begin April 6 prior to an official opening April 12 at London's Bridge Theatre. Performances will continue through May 11. Tickets go on sale February 26.

The production will also have designs by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Jon Clark, and sound by Paul Groothuis.


Pomsel’s life spanned the 20th 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. 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.

Smith's 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.

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