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Into That Darkness

Into That Darkness

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.MORE INFO

  • Mon 18 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Tue 19 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 20 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 21 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 22 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 23 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Tue 26 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Wed 27 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Thu 28 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Fri 29 May 2015 @ 7.30PM
  • Sat 30 May 2015 @ 2.30PM
  • Sat 30 May 2015 @ 7.30PM

  • 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

    “superbly acted drama is a meticulous, compelling triumph” The Guardian ★★★★★
    “superb production… magnificently captured” The Scotsman ★★★★★
    “gripping” 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” TYCI

    “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

    • 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
    Running Time: 2hr 20min (including 20min interval)