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Christopher Hampton’s ‘A German Life’ with Maggie Smith to be adapted into a film

Christopher Hampton’s acclaimed play A German Life is to be adapted into a film with Dame Maggie Smith set to return.

The legendary actress starred in Hampton’s monologue at the Bridge Theatre in April of last year, following a 12-year absence from the stage.

Smith’s illustrious career includes over 75 theatre productions, 50 films and numerous television shows including the Downton Abbey series. Her many accolades include Academy Awards for The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie & California Suite, five BAFTAs, four Emmys, nine Evening Standard awards and a Tony Award.

According to Variety Jonathan Church, who directed the play, has signed on to direct the film. The riveting piece is drawn from the life and testimony of Brunhilde Pomsel, a secretary during WWII to Adolf Hitler’s closest and most devoted associate Joseph Goebbels, and from the ensuing documentary A German Life.

The play was expected to transfer to Broadway following its 5-week stint in London, however the idea was shelved due to covid.

A release date for the film is to be announced.

Production images from The Bridge Theatre.


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