WHAT IS TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT ABOUT?
Taken At Midnight is a riveting drama that explores one woman’s struggle, her son’s resistance and the heroic battle of the weak against the powerful, truth against lies and mothers against murderers.
The story is fascinating. Prior to Hitler assuming the Chancellorship in Germany, there was a period of turmoil and, as Hitler marshalled his forces and power base, there were those who opposed him. One of his opponents was Hans Litten, a “Jewish” lawyer who subpoenaed Hitler and then cross-examined him into humiliation when the Fuhrer took the stand. Hitler never got over it and, the night he took power, Litten and many others were taken into “protective custody”. Jailed, tortured, demeaned and defiled, Litten never broke, constantly refused to betray his comrades and sought to inspire his fellow inmates. He attempted suicide many times and, eventually, sadly succeeded.
From the moment she learnt of his arrest, Litten’s mother, Irmgard, waged a noisy, relentlessly determined campaign to secure her son’s release. She took on the Gestapo bureaucracy with a quiet, unwavering fury, all behind smiles and cups of tea.
WHO IS IN TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT?
Taken At Midnight stars Penelope Wilton fresh from her enormous success in the show at the Chichester Festival. This is a five star performance that must not be missed. It will also be a huge treat for fans of the hit show Downton Abbey where Penelope plays Isobel Crawley. You will also know Penelope from movies such as Calendar Girls and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. To quote our reviewer Stephen Collins “Penelope Wilton is one of the greatest actresses currently gracing stage, film and television. She can do anything, with infinite grace, immense style and pure, unrelenting talent.”
WHO WROTE TAKEN AT MIDNIGHT?
Taken At Midnight is written by Mark Hayhurst who wrote The Man Who Crossed Hitler and 37 Days for the BBC.
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Written by Mark Hayhurst
Directed by Jonathan Church
Irmgard Litten – Penelope Wilton
Hans Litten – Martin Hutson
Dr Conrad – John Light
Carl von Ossietzky – Mike Grady
Erich Muhsam – Pip Donaghy
“Wilton is at her magnificent, ebullient best as the formidable mother at the heart of Mark Hayhurst’s new play, Taken At Midnight, now having its premiere at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester under the direction of Jonathan Church.
This is a terrific piece of new writing; spare, engaging, brimming with interest and history. It does what all great plays about actual historical events do: takes you to the time and lets you experience that time through the souls of the characters who propel the narrative, but in a way that is modern, fresh and zinging with power“.