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Into That Darkness

Citizens Theatre


Blythe Duff and Cliff Burnett star in a chilling and shocking, yet vital, dramatisation of interviews with a convicted Nazi war criminal.

SS-Obersturmführer Franz Stangl oversaw the deaths of nearly 1 million people in Nazi extermination camps.

Following his conviction for the murders in 1970, historian, biographer and journalist Gitta Sereny interviewed Stangl to understand how an individual rationalises their actions in the face of a crime of such magnitude. This is the dramatisation of those chilling and harrowing interviews.

Shocking and disturbing yet vital, Into That Darkness looks into the very heart of evil and asks how, 70 years after the end of the Second World War, we can prevent atrocities of this scale from happening again.

Writer Robert David MacDonald was one of the three artistic leaders of the Citizens Theatre from 1971 – 2003 during the period when the Citizens first became famous around the world for innovative productions of classic texts and challenging new works.

Directed by Gareth Nicholls, Main Stage Director in Residence. Read about his appointment here.

Into That Darkness: Curtain Raiser

Thu 21 May, 6pm - 6.45pm
Director Gareth Nicholls in discussion about how individuals become capable of horrific crimes, and the role of their biographers.


“Survival, always survival. I had to limit my own actions to what I, in my conscience, could answer for.”

Main Theatre

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    Rated: (5/5), based on 2 ratings

Recommended for 14+

Preview 18/19 May
Audio Described 27 May, 7.30pm
Signed 29 May, 7.30pm
Captioned 30 May, 2.30pm
Post Show Discussion 26 May
Pre Show Event 21 May

Wheelchair Access
Guide Dogs welcome
Induction Loop

Cast & Creative team >

Creative Team

Written by Gitta Sereny
Adapted by Robert David MacDonald
Directed by Gareth Nicholls
Designed by Neil Haynes
Sound Design and Music by Michael John McCarthy
Lighting Design by Stuart Jenkins
Assistant Director Stephen Darcy


Gitta Sereny - Blythe Duff
Franz Stangl - Cliff Burnett
Thea Stangl - Molly Innes
Male Chorus - Ali Craig

“superbly acted drama is a meticulous, compelling triumph”
The Guardian ★★★★★

“superb production… magnificently captured”
The Scotsman ★★★★★

TV Bomb ★★★★★

“a production that will keep you engaged long after the house lights come up”
The Public Reviews ★★★★

“a thrillingly mesmeric meditation on human cruelty.”
The Herald ★★★★

“The ensemble is highly skilled and committed, with Duff in particular adding yet another beautifully textured portrait to her gallery of multifaceted women. “
The Times (£) ★★★★

“an absolutely unflinching journey” The List ★★★★

“painful, raw emotion carried beautifully by its two leads”


“I Think my Mother found it quite odd being represented on stage”
Neil Cooper speaks with Gitta Sereny’s daughter Mandy Honeyman about the dramatisation of Into That Darkness ahead of its revival by director Gareth Nicholls in The Herald (£)

“we’re going to give the audience a piece that’s every bit as intense as the book.”
Claire Black speaks Blythe Duff about her role as Gitta Sereny in Into That Darkness Scotland On Sunday

“That is why I think now, on the 70th anniversary, it is important to bring another generation into at least thinking about and contemplating it.”
Blythe Duff discusses the importance of staging Into That Darkness with Steve Hendry Sunday Mail


Judith Johnston

29th May 2015

This was a wonderful production in every way: acting, set,lighting, sound and script. It was totally compelling and deeply moving. Real theatre. Thank you Citz.

Janice Rossiter

22nd May 2015

Just home from this fab, intense and thought provoking play and still thinking about it. Content was harrowing at times and the delivery was first class.

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