If you found a piece of art painted by Adolf Hitler, would you keep it, sell it – or burn it? That’s the central debate in this provocative new satire by one of Germany’s leading playwrights, Marius von Mayenburg, which is coming to London’s Young Vic with an all-star cast. Get a front row seat to this prizefight: book your Nachtland tickets now on TodayTix.
The Nachtland play begins with a familiar situation for many of us: clearing out the house after the death of a parent. In this case, it’s Nicola and Philipp’s dad – but they’re shocked to discover what could be a Nazi relic in the attic, a reminder that Hitler’s first ambition was to become a painter.
Is this a fascinating historical artefact, a valuable object, or a terrible piece of evil created by a monster? As the pair argue, along with Philipp’s wife Judith, it opens up tensions in all of their relationships.
Patrick Marber directs this incendiary Nachtland London production, which will likely have audiences carrying on the furious debates in the bar afterwards! Make sure you’re among them by booking your Nachtland tickets on TodayTix.
Relaxed Performances: Mon 11 Mar, 7.30pm & Sat 6 Apr, 2.30pm
BSL Performance: Fri 22 Mar, 7.30pm
Audio Described Performance: Fri 15 Mar, 7.30pm & Tue 16 Apr, 7.30pm with free Touch Tours at 6pm
Captioned Performance: Thu 14 Mar, 7.30pm & Mon 8 Apr, 7.30pm
February 20th, 2024
April 20th, 2024
Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Waterloo
Bus numbers: Pocock Street (Stop V) 40, 63
Car park: National Car Park Ltd
This definitely sounds like a vital and timely play, given the conversations we’re all having about everything from the rise of the new Right in Europe to how we address our history – plus the difficulty of separating art from artist, and artefact from something that traumatises or triggers people.
Marius von Mayenburg’s play also looks at how a wedge issue like this can redefine a marriage, or make you view your relations in a different way. It promises to be a meaty drama with plenty of dark comedy as well; he is renowned for his caustic satire in Germany.
The cast features Absolutely Fabulous and Little Voice star Jane Horrocks, as well as John Heffernan, Gunnar Cauthery, Jenna Augen, and Angus Wright.
Directing the show is the Tony Award-winning playwright and director Patrick Marber. His production of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt was a hit in the West End and on Broadway, and his own acclaimed work includes Dealer’s Choice and Closer.
● The title ‘Nachtland’ is actually an invented German word, meaning a place of eternal darkness. See if you can work out its relevance to the drama – whether it’s a literal description or something more figurative or profound. ● This is a fitting follow-up piece for Patrick Marber after he movingly explored the Holocaust through Tom Stoppard’s semi-autobiographical play Leopoldstadt, which depicted several generations of a Jewish Viennese family. Stoppard’s own grandparents died in Nazi concentration camps. ● Yes, Adolf Hitler really was an aspiring artist at one stage. He studied fine art in Vienna, and applied to its Academy of Fine Arts – but was rejected twice. Still, he produced hundreds of paintings, some of which were seized by the United States Army, but others have made it to auction and sold for tens of thousands of dollars.
Do you want this hanging over your kitchen table to remind you of your Daddy?
Nachtland is at London's Young Vic (Main House).
Nachtland tickets start at £25.
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