(seen at the evening performance on 13th April 2019). Dame Maggie
Smith. Christopher Hampton. Jonathan Kent. Anna Fleischle. John Clark. Paul
Groothuis. That is all.
OK, the monkey is being lazy, but it has the ultimate theatremonkey.com
tribute of naming the cast and creative team in full.
This is "once in a lifetime" theatre. An elderly woman sits at a table for an
hour and three quarters. She talks about the jobs she has had, the people she
knew, her experiences of the war. There is no acting nor theatre, no artifice;
yet every moment is laser cut with the precision of a diamond jeweller. A new
facet revealed, discussed, later perhaps reflected on. Each movement, pause,
selected word or utterance adding to the verisimilitude of both character and
To hear a World War Two story from a German perspective is to gain a whole
new understanding of modern history. A different and deeper idea of culpability,
and a new light shed on humanity.
Saying more would ruin the experience for those who manage to get a ticket.
It's masterclass in theatricality, from a team at the very pinnacle of what
theatre can do.
5 stars, standing ovation.