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Winter Solstice

Christmas Eve.

Bettina and her husband Albert aren’t happy – Bettina’s mother is staying for the holidays.

Which is awkward.

Not least because Bettina’s mother met a man on the train. And now she’s invited him around for drinks…

Family, betrayal and the inescapable presence of the past reverberate through the UK premiere of Roland Schimmelpfennig’s razor-sharp comedy about the rise of the new right across the globe.

Schimmelpfennig is the most performed playwright in Germany, with productions of his work worldwide in over 40 countries. Previous productions in the UK include The Golden Dragon and Arabian Night, both presented by Actors Touring Company.

★★★★ “What really counts is that Schimmelpfennig, in portraying the failure of liberal intellectuals to confront the hideous legacy of the past, has written a potent play for today.” – The Guardian

★★★★ “Roland Schimmelpfennig’s play is better than a clarion call. Like its antihero, it is stealthy and subtle. It calls on its audience not to rise up and resist but to train themselves in observation. To realise by watching this gradually unfolding drama how easy it is to be inveigled, infiltrated.” – The Observer

★★★★ “A sharply provocative twist on the traditional fraught family festivities drama.” – The Independent

★★★★ “Exactly the kind of exciting, experimental and insightful theatre that Actors Touring Company do so well.” – The Stage

★★★★ “Devastatingly funny.” – What’s On Stage

★★★★★ “A powerful dispatch for our times.” – Exeunt

★★★★★ “The most exciting new play I have seen for many years.” – Sunday Express (print only)

★★★★ “Here’s a witty, incisive and ultimately chilling drama. Leading German playwright Roland Schimmelpfennig, elegantly translated by David Tushingham, takes a skilfully subtle and elliptical look at the recurrence of evil in society by folding it up into a tautly spun narrative, to which we can all relate, about family tensions at Christmas.” – Evening Standard

★★★★ “[A] thrilling European import.” The Tablet (print only)