A German Life

A German Life

4.5 (11) · Contemporary

“I had no idea what was going on. Or very little. No more than most people. So you can’t make me feel guilty.”

“Maggie Smith’s solo show about the life of Brunhilde Pomsel, personal secretary to Joseph Goebbels, was sold out before it opened. Then it got showered in great reviews by the critics. Understandably, tickets are pretty hard to come by – but it’s not impossible. There’s usually a few returns each night and these go straight back on the Bridge’s website (usually a day or two in advance). If the chance to watch one of the Grand Dames of British theatre is just too tantalising to miss, keep checking and, with a bit of luck, you’ll get a ticket. Viel Glück!”


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.

Critic reviews

Smith returns to the stage in triumph as she relives one woman’s extraordinary experience in Nazi Germany

The Guardian

Maggie Smith shows why she's one of greats in a dark study of Nazism

The Telegraph

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

The Stage

Maggie Smith gives a turn of naturalistic brilliance as Joseph Goebbels's secretary Brunhilde Pomsel

Time Out

Quiet tour de force is simply unforgettable

The Times

Maggie Smith has used what is surely her final stage role to try and tell us something. We should listen

Time Out

Triumphant Maggie Smith holds the audience in the palm of her hand

Evening Standard

A brilliant performance from Maggie Smith in this chilling one-woman show

Financial Times

Date & time

Show ended
Sat 6 Apr - Sat 11 May, 7.30pm


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