Why See The Doctor?
First, do no harm
On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.
Ending his tenure as the Almedia's Associate Director, Robert Icke has once again created gold through his own brand of theatrical alchemy in this blazing play starring Juliet Stevenson, transferring into to the West End for Spring 2020. Adapted (freely) from Arthur Schnitzler's controversial 1912 work, Professor Bernhardi, Icke's brilliant modernisation becomes a slick medical drama, propelled by a cataclysmic meeting of science and religion.
The third collaboration between Icke and Stevenson following 2017's Hamlet and 2016's Mary Stuart, it received glowing five-star reviews across the board for its Almedia run this summer, with Stevenson's performance being hailed as "one of the peak performances of the theatrical year" by The Guardian.
Previews from: 20 April 2020
Opening night: 30 April 2020
Two hours and 45 minutes with one interval
Cast and Creative
Juliet Stevenson as Dr Ruth Wolff
Adapted and Directed by Robert Icke
Design by Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting by Natasha Chivers
Sound and Composition by Tom Gibbons
Evening Standard Awards 2019
Milton Shulman Award for Best Director
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