About the showPlease note that performances of The Doctor have been postponed in response to government advice regarding coronavirus (COVID-19). It is expected to be rescheduled at a later date.
After starring in the Almeida Theatre's critically acclaimed premiere, Juliet Stevenson is set to return to the West End in The Doctor. The play, adapted from Austrian classic Professor Bernhardi, will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
The medical profession’s oath of “do no harm” is a hot topic in The Doctor as Jewish professor Ruth Wolff is thrust into the middle of a fierce debate about religion and ethics. After refusing a priest access to perform the last rites for a dying patient, Wolff faces a storm of accusations from colleagues, the media and the general public. With a question of morals and best practice descending into a PR nightmare, Icke’s intelligent and multi-faceted work dives into the uncertainties of a divided society.
Juliet Stevenson is an Olivier Award winning actress whose stage credits include Hamlet alongside Andrew Scott, Happy Days at the Old Vic Theatre and Mary Stuart at the Almeida and Duke of York’s Theatre, also adapted and directed by Robert Icke.
Icke is both a playwright and director, and the creative mind behind the hit revival of Hamlet starring Andrew Scott, and 1984 which ran in the West End and on Broadway. He is joined on the production by designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Natasha Chivers and sound designer Tom Gibbons.
Other cast members for The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre include Harry Potter and the Cursed Child star Jamie Parker, Chris Colquhoun, Shelley Conn, Anni Domingo, Liv Hill, Millicent Wong, Mariah Louca, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson and Naomi Wirthner. Hannah Ledwidge also appears, performing drums live on-stage.
With a mesmerising central performance from Juliet Stevenson and a plot that steadily unravels the foundations of modern debate and society, The Doctor in the West End is a must-see for anyone who wants their theatre to be resonant and relevant. Catch this anticipated transfer from 20 April 2020.
Who Should See It?Anyone who enjoyed Andrew Scott’s Hamlet or Juliet Stevenson and Lia Williams in Mary Stuart should book tickets to The Doctor, which is another impressive adaptation from Robert Icke.
Please be aware that The Doctor includes discussions of suicide throughout.