Taken At Midnight


Taken At Midnight

Following a critically acclaimed run at Chichester, Jonathan Church’s world premiere production of Taken At Midnight, a new play by Mark Hayhurst, will transfer to the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season from January 2015. Returning to the West End after a five-year absence, Penelope Wilton reprises her role as Irmgard, the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten, who put Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences.

Berlin 1933. Two years after Hans Litten has put Adolf Hitler on trial for inciting violence the unthinkable happens. Hitler wins the election and becomes Reich Chancellor. Litten is arrested and taken into protective custody. Desperate for news, Hans’s mother Irmgard begins her five-year struggle to get the truth from the new regime and fights to save her son. This new play from debut playwright Mark Hayhurst has been described as an astonishing new work. This universal story of a mother’s love for her child is set against the backdrop of one of the most horrifying periods in history, the consequences of which still ring loud today.

First staged as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Hidden Histories season, Irmgard’s relationship with her son, Hans, and her courageous efforts to help him are at the heart of this compelling new play. Building his reputation on drama documentaries which explore key historical moments, Mark Hayhurst also wrote 37 Days, a major factual drama series for the BBC’s World War 1 centenary season in 2014. In Taken At Midnight, his theatre debut, Hayhurst casts light on the universal theme of maternal love. Fearless and indomitable, Irmgard confronts her son’s captors at enormous personal risk.