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Three people lean forward to look into the camera. Behind them is a dilapidated wall with faded marks from where framed pictures were previously hanging but have now been taken down.


By Marius von Mayenburg
Translated by Maja Zade
Directed by Patrick Marber

Mon-Sat, 7.30pm
Wed & Sat matinees, 2.30pm

Previews: Tue 20 - Mon 26 Feb

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★★★★ "A provocative plunge into art history"
The Guardian
★★★★ "An unsettling, endlessly fascinating drama"
★★★★ "Jane Horrocks hits the deadpan target"
The Telegraph

Tony Award-winner Patrick Marber (Leopoldstadt) directs a jagged new satire from one of Germany's foremost playwrights.

Modern day Germany. Nicola and Philipp argue as they clear out their late father’s house. When they find an old painting stashed in the attic, things get savage.

The painting is a quaint street scene from 1920s Vienna; the work of a failed artist who abandoned his original vocation for Nazism… Nicola wants to sell it. Philipp wants to keep it. Philipp’s wife Judith wants to burn it.

Nachtland* is a mordant satire about marriage, legacy, the rise of the new right, and the terrible impulses buried deep.

Marius von Mayenburg is one of Germany’s most produced contemporary playwrights. His plays include Fireface, Plastic and The Ugly One.

*Nachtland is an invented German word. It suggests a place of eternal darkness.

This production is supported by Scott Delman and Sonia Friedman

Design by Émilie Chen. Photography by Sebastian Nevols.
Production photography by Ellie Kurttz.

Writer Marius von Mayenburg
Translator Maja Zade
Director Patrick Marber
Designer Anna Fleischle
Lighting Designer Richard Howell
Composer and Sound Designer Adam Cork
Movement and Intimacy Director EJ Boyle
Casting Director Amy Ball CDG
Jerwood Assistant Director Natalie Simone

With Jenna Augen, Gunnar CautheryJohn Heffernan, Jane HorrocksDorothea Myer-Bennett and Angus Wright.

For biographies and headshots, please click here. 

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. Free touch tours are available to book on these dates from 6pm.
Captioned Performance: Thu 14 Mar, 7.30pm & Mon 8 Apr, 7.30pm
Sensory Adapted Performance: Fri 12 Apr, 7.30pm 

Audio Described by Eleanor Margolies & Miranda Yates
Captioned by Miranda Yates
BSL Interpreter by Sumayya Si-Tayeb

Access concession tickets and seats reserved for accessible performances are now available to book online. Click here for more information about booking access tickets online.

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