Hitler bears witness in Chichester Theatre’s Taken At Midnight

Martin Hutson in rehearsal for Taken at Midnight. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
Martin Hutson in rehearsal for Taken at Midnight. Photo by Manuel Harlan.

Chichester Festival Theatre’s hidden histories season continues with the premiere of war drama Taken At Midnight starring Penelope Wilton.

She plays Irmgard, the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.

Irmgard’s relationship with her son and her courageous efforts to help him are at the heart of Mark Hayhurst’s play.

Hans is famed for the brilliance with which he defends opponents of the Nazi movement.

When he calls Hitler as star witness in the trial of a band of murderous Nazi paramilitaries, the politician feels the full force of Litten’s intellect, wit and courage.

Two years later, Hans is arrested, held without trial and tortured, leaving his indomitable mother to confront his captors at enormous personal risk.

The cast also includes Allan Corduner, Pip Donaghy, John Light, David Yelland, Marc Antolin, Christopher Hogben and Dermot McLaughlin.

Taken At Midnight is written by Mark Hayhurst who wrote the BBC film The Man Who Crossed Hitler and 37 Days, a major factual drama series for the BBC’s WW1 Centenary in 2014.

The production is directed by Jonathan Church, Chichester’s artistic director.

Taken At Midnight is at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, from 26 September – November 1.

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