If you are looking for some intense and thought-provoking drama in London, then a new show at the Theatre Royal Haymarket may be right up your street.
Taken at Midnight tells the tale of renowned lawyer Hans Litten who, in 1931 Berlin, has to represent people who are in opposition of the expanding Nazi party. He takes on a case in which a thuggish group are charged with murder, but he has to call no other than Herr Hitler as a lead witness. Coming face to face with the future dictator, the lawyer has to use his wit and intellect to keep the pressure on, something that may come back to haunt him when Hitler eventually rises to power.
It is then left to Litten’s brave mother who has to save her son against one of the most horrific and powerful regimes in history. Litten’s mother is played by Penelope Wilton, famed for her roles in Downton Abbey and recently in The Exotic Marigold Hotel. And with the production directed by critically-acclaimed director Jonathan Church, you would be mad to miss this.
Taken at Midnight will be playing until March 14th and tickets start from £15. If this doesn’t really sound like your cup of tea, there are much ‘lighter’ shows playing in London, including hit-musical Billy Elliot, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown featuring Tamsin Greig, and feel-good show Wicked. Either way, you will want to book yourself into a London hotel so that you don’t need to worry about getting back home after a show’s late finish. Or you may really want to let your hair down and party until the wee hours of the morning in one of the West End’s many fantastic bars and restaurants.