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Youth Without God - a play by Christopher Hampton

Youth Without God

A play by
Christopher Hampton

Based on the novel by
Ödön von Horváth

Directed by
Stephanie Mohr

A shocking allegorical evocation of life under fascism is brought to the stage by Oscar-winning dramatist Christopher Hampton (Dangerous Liaisons, Atonement).

When a teacher reprimands a student for a racist comment, he stands accused of ‘sabotage of the Fatherland'. His students revolt, and a murder follows. The teacher must face his role in it, even if it costs him everything.

Written in exile while in flight from the Nazis, Youth Without God is the last book by Ödön von Horváth, one of the 20th century’s great but forgotten writers.

Portraying a world of individual ruthlessness and collective numbness, it’s a story as relevant today as ever before.


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General Information


Mon — Sat, 7:30pm
Main auditorium

Post-show talk:
Wed 2 Oct


£20 previews (19—21 Sep)
£30, £25 standard
£15 under 30s (Mon only)
£15 schools
Concessions available

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.


  • 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
    Harriett Taylor

Additional Information

Kindly supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum