Taken at Midnight

Penelope Wilton plays Irmgard Litten in Taken at Midnight.

Actress Penelope Wilton returns to the West End in the world premiere production of Taken At Midnight.

Jonathan Church’s world premiere production of Taken At Midnight – a new play by Mark Hayhurst – will run at the Theatre Royal Haymarket for a limited season, previewing from January 15, 2015.

Returning to the West End after a five-year absence, Penelope Wilton reprises her role as Irmgard, the mother of celebrated lawyer Hans Litten, who puts Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany with devastating consequences. The play, which has enjoyed a sold-out season in West Sussex, is currently being staged as part of Chichester Festival Theatre’s Hidden Histories Season, before its transfer to the West End.

Taken at Midnight tells the story of Irmgard’s relationship with her son and her courageous efforts to help fight for his release against the seemingly impossible might of the Nazi regime.

Taken At Midnight marks the theatre debut for writer Mark Hayhurst, who also wrote a drama series for the BBC’s First World War centenary earlier this year; called 37 Days. Commissioned by producer Mark Goucher and written with Penelope Wilton in mind, Taken at Midnight will be the first new play to open in the West End in 2015, playing for a limited season at the Theatre Royal Haymarket until March 14. For group booking details visit www.trh.co.uk or call 020 7930 8800.