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Youth Without God

(This is a past event and is no longer running)

A play by
Christopher Hampton

Based on the novel by
Ödön von Horváth

Directed by
Stephanie Mohr


‘It is a stroke of genius.’ – A Younger Theatre

‘The most disturbing schoolboys this side of Golding’s Lord of the Flies.’ – Time Out


A shocking allegorical evocation of life under fascism by Oscar-winning dramatist Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement, The Son), Youth Without God is a chilling reminder that populist political rhetoric has consequences.

When a teacher reprimands a student for a racist comment, he stands accused of ‘sabotage of the Fatherland’. As events escalate, and a murder takes place, the teacher must decide whether to take a stand, even if it costs him everything.

In Youth Without God, written in exile having fled the Nazis, Horvath portrays a world of individual ruthlessness and collective numbness which is as relevant today as it was on its release in 1938.

For more information on the historical context of both the novel and the play, please read Christopher Hampton’s introduction here.


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Additional Information

Language warning:

Horváth wrote the novel Youth Without God in 1937 from personal experience. There are some racial expressions that some in the audience might find offensive; these reflect the historical reality.

Cast Q & A:

Click here to read a Q & A with cast members from the show.


The Arts Desk


  • Heinrich Reiss
    Owen Alun
  • Robert Ziegler
    Raymond Anum
  • Arno Feuerbach
    Brandon Ashford
  • Julius Caesar/ The Headmaster / The Priest/ The Prosecutor / An Inspector
    David Beames
  • Herr Neumann / The Sergeant / The Defense Counsel / Trauners' Butler / A Policeman
    Christopher Bowen
  • Otto Neumann
    Malcolm Cumming
  • Franz Bauer
    Finnian Garbutt
  • Eva
    Anna Munden
  • Dieter Trauner
    Nicholas Nunn
  • Nelly / Frau Trauner / Frau Ziegler
    Clara Onyemere
  • The Teacher
    Alex Waldmann

Creative team

  • Writer
    Christopher Hampton
  • Director
    Stephanie Mohr
  • Set and Costume Designer
    Justin Nardella
  • Lighting Designer
    Joshua Carr
  • Sound Designer
    Mike Winship
  • Casting Director
    Serena Hill
  • Assistant Director
    Harriet Taylor

Additional Information

Kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum