Brunhilde Pomsel’s life spanned the twentieth century. She struggled to make ends meet as a secretary in Berlin during the 1930s, her many employers including a Jewish insurance broker, the German Broadcasting Corporation and, eventually, Joseph Goebbels. Christopher Hampton’s play is based on the testimony she gave when she finally broke her silence to a group of Austrian filmmakers, shortly before she died in 2016.
Maggie Smith, alone on stage, plays Brunhilde Pomsel.
Smith returns to the stage in triumph as she relives one woman’s extraordinary experience in Nazi Germany
Maggie Smith shows why she's one of greats in a dark study of Nazism
Smith holds us every step of the way, in her pauses, her little hesitations, and silences as much as in her speech
Maggie Smith is spellbinding in this riveting monologue about Goebbels’ secretary
Maggie Smith gives a turn of naturalistic brilliance as Joseph Goebbels's secretary Brunhilde Pomsel
Quiet tour de force is simply unforgettable
Maggie Smith has used what is surely her final stage role to try and tell us something. We should listen
Triumphant Maggie Smith holds the audience in the palm of her hand
A brilliant performance from Maggie Smith in this chilling one-woman show