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Taken at Midnight

Closed March 14, 2015

Penelope Wilton is outstanding as the mother of one of Hitler's earliest victims in this first-rate West End transfer from Chichester

The Guardian

Why See Taken at Midnight?


Fresh from the 2014 Chichester Festival, Penelope Wilton originates the role of Irmgard Litten, devoted mother of celebrated pre-WWII lawyer Hans Litten who famously interrogated Hitler over his party's politics towards workers in the Weimar Republic. Following critical acclaim and a sold-out season at Chichester Festival Theatre, Jonathan Church's world premiere production of Taken At Midnight by Mark Hayhurst is set to transfer to Theatre Royal Haymarket in the New Year.

WHAT IS Taken at Midnight ABOUT?

The story of Irmgard's tragic and ultimately failed campaign to free her son from Nazi concentration camps takes centre stage here. Irmgard's unwavering love for her son sees a normal woman transformed into a fearless and indomitable force to be reckoned with, as she confronts his captors at enormous personal risk to herself, to fight for Hans' release from numerous concentration camps, against the insurmountable might of Hitler and his hated Nazi regime.

This riveting drama goes into depth portraying her struggle, her son's undending resistance and is a modern-day parable for the heroic battle of the weak against the powerful, truth against lies and mothers against murderers. Mark Hayhurst also wrote the 2011 BBC Drama on the same subject, The Man Who Crossed Hitler. Taken at Midnight will play at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a very limited eight-week run.

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Opening night: 15 January 2015


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours 30 mins including one 20-minute interval

Cast and Creative


Penelope Wilton as Irmgard Litten

Martin Hutson as Hans Litten

John Light as Dr Conrad

Mike Grady as Carl von Ossietzky

Pip Donaghy as Erich Muhsam


Written by Mark Hayhurst

Directed by Jonathan Church


2015 Olivier Award Nominations

Best Actress - Penelope Wilton

Virgin Atlantic Best New Play

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - John Light

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