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The Doctor
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29 Sep 2022 - 11 Dec 2022

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Juliet Stevenson stars in Robert Icke's blistering production of The Doctor, based on the 1912 play Professor Bernhardi by Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler, which transfers to the Duke of York's Theatre in London. The play, which received critical acclaim when it opened at the Almeida Theatre, enjoyed a sold-out run at the North London theatre. 

Set in a London hospital, the play focuses on Professor Ruth Woolf, a senior physician who is treating a young patient with sepsis when a priest is sent by the girl's parents to deliver the last rites. This poses a huge moral dilemma for the doctor, which erupts into a national scandal.

Juliet Stevenson reunites with director Icke after their previous collaborations on plays such as Hamlet and Mary Stuart, both productions for the Almeida which ultimately transferred to the West End. Stevenson, who has also previously appeared in Happy Days, Private Lives and The Heretic, plays the central character in a performance described as "mesmerising".

Schnitzler's original play is rarely seen in London - one recent production was at the fringe venue the Arcola Theatre in Dalston in 2005. While it was first performed in 1912 at the Kleines Theater in Berlin, it was banned in the author's native country until the fall of the Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1918. Icke's new version modernises the play, setting it in a contemporary hospital, while also posing questions about human's innate views on identity, perception and bias.

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Run time

2hrs 45mins (inc. interval)

Opening date

September 29th, 2022

Closing date

December 11th, 2022



Duke of York's Theatre


Recommended 14+

Cast and creative

By: Arthur Schnitzler, adapted by Robert Icke
Director: Robert Icke
Cast list: Juliet Stevenson
Design: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting: Natasha Chivers
Sound: Tom Gibbons

Our review

The Doctor

In his final production in his role as associate director at the Almeida, Robert Icke has left a little gift. His modernisation of Arthur Schnitzler's 105-year-old play Professor Bernhardi is a tense medical drama, but it has handed Juliet Stevenson an electrifying role in which she is absolutely mesmerisingStevenson doesn't step foot off stage once for the entirety of the just under three-hour running time (that's including the interval), as she becomes Professor Ruth Wolff, the doctor at the...

Latest The Doctor News & Features

The doctor is back in. After an acclaimed West End run at the Almeida Theatre in 2019, Robert Icke's The Doctor will premiere in the West End with Juliet Stevenson reprising her lead role as Professor Ruth Wolff. The show is at the Duke of York's Theatre from 29 September through 11 December. Before settling into London, The Doctor will tour three other English cities, stopping in Brighton from 5-10 September, Bath from 13-17 September, and Richmond from 19-24 September. Based loosely on Arthur...

The Doctor postponed

Due to the closure of West End theatres, currently to 28th June 2020, the Almeida Theatre transfer of The Doctor is now postponed to 2021. The acclaimed play will still star Juliet Stevenson as Ruth Woolf, with new dates to be confirmed.If you have booked tickets with for The Doctor, you will be contacted by our customer service team.Set in a London hospital, The Doctor follows Ruth Woolf, a physician who is treating a young patient with sepsis. When a priest is sent by the...

Robert Icke will direct his new play The Doctor, which is freely adapted by Arthur Schnitzler's 1912 play Professor Bernhardi, at the Almeida Theatre in August, it has been announced.Schnitzler's play is set in 1900 Vienna, and explores antisemitism and Austrian-Jewish identity. It was banned in Austria until the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire, and was last performed in London at the Arcola Theatre in 2005.The play will star Juliet Stevenson, who starred in Icke's productions of Mary...

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