“The most exciting new play I've seen in years” Sunday Express

Nominated for 4 Off West End Awards – Best Production, Best New Play, Best Director, Best Actor (Dominic Rowan)

“Nazism comes knocking: German playwright probes the lure of fascism”
Read the Guardian's interview with Roland Schimmelpfennig

Christmas Eve. Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy. Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays. Which is awkward. Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him around for drinks… 

Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s razor-sharp comedy.

Previous plays include The Golden Dragon and Arabian Night both presented by Actors Touring Company.

Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany and one of the country’s most exciting original voices, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries.

“ATC produces work that inspires me to reconsider what a play can be and what theatre can do. Magical.” Simon Stephens

Estimated running time 1 hour 50 minutes, no interval

Production photos by Stephen Cummiskey

An Orange Tree Theatre and Actors Touring Company co-production

This translation was commissioned by Actors Touring Company with the support of the Goethe-Institut London

Kate Fahy
Nicholas Le Prevost
Laura Rogers
Dominic Rowan
Milo Twomey
DirectorRamin Gray
Designer Lizzie Clachan
Lighting Designer Jack Knowles
Sound Designer Alex Caplen