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Maggie Smith to return to stage after 12 years for London play

Maggie Smith in her most recent stage performance, The Lady from Dubuque at the Theatre Royal Haymarket (2007). Photo: Tristram Kenton
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Maggie Smith will return to the stage for the first time in 12 years to perform in a new one-woman play by Christopher Hampton.

She will star in A German Life, based on the life of Brunhilde Pomsel, personal secretary to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

The play is drawn from Pomsel’s personal testimony, given for the first time shortly before her death in 2017.

It is written by Hampton, whose recent work also includes English translations of plays by Florian Zeller and Yasmina Reza, and will be directed by Jonathan Kent.

A German Life will premiere at the Bridge Theatre in London, running from April 6 to May 11. Press night will be on April 12.

It will be Smith’s first appearance on the stage since she starred in Edward Albee’s The Lady of Dubuque in the West End in 2007.

Design for the production is by Anna Fleischle, lighting by Jon Clark and sound by Paul Groothuis.

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