Penelope Wilton stars in Taken At Midnight (Photo: Manuel Harlan)

Taken At Midnight

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Penelope Wilton leads the cast of the acclaimed new play Taken At Midnight, as the mother of a lawyer who tried to take on the Nazis. Read More >

Taken At Midnight, which stars Penelope Wilton, was first a hit at Chichester Festival Theatre.

The debut play by Mark Hayhurst, it tells a story set in 1931, when celebrated lawyer Hans Litten makes a dangerous move during the trial of a group of murderous SA men. He calls Herr Hitler to the witness stand and lets him feel the full force of his thinking and wit.

Two years later, on the night of the Reichstag fire, Hitler has his revenge. Litten is arrested, held without trial and put through hell. At huge personal risk, his mother, Irmgard, confronts the men who have taken her son captive.

Taken At Midnight was written with Wilton in mind for the role of Irmgard. The award-winning actress, a familiar face from hit costume drama Downton Abbey, returns to the West End for the first time in five years with the production.

Playwright Hayhurst also wrote the BBC World War I factual drama series 37 Days.


Important Dates & Timing

Previews From: 15/01/2015

Opening Night: 26/01/2015

Closing Night: 14/03/2015

Running time: 2h30

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Cast & Creative


Penelope Wilton, Martin Hutson, Allan Corduner, Pip Donaghy, Mike Grady, John Light, David Yelland, Marc Antolin, Christopher Hogben, Dermot McLaughlin


Director - Jonathan Church

Producer - Mark Goucher Ltd and Laurence Myers, CFT Enterprises and TRH Productions present the Chichester Festival Theatre production

Designer - Robert Jones

Lighting Designer - Tim Mitchell

Sound - Mike Walker

Author - Mark Hayhurst

Music By - Matthew Scott

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