An appointment you won’t want to miss
As a timely piece about the tensions between religion and science, The Doctor at the Duke of York Theatre offers a night out to get your teeth into. Transferring to the West End following a sell-out run at the Almeida Theatre in the summer of 2019, this poignant and provocative play stars Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson as senior clinician Ruth Wolff. When Wolff refuses to allow a priest to see a young girl dying of a botched home abortion, she finds herself swept up in a media hailstorm of controversy around religious freedom in medicine.
Robert Icke is at the directorial helm of this production, which he loosely adapted from H Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi. The Doctor brings the bones of that story up to date, tackling big, topical themes of identity and the role of the media with an unflinching eye. Juliet Stevenson has been lauded for her finely tuned performance portraying a professional unravelling in the face of unrelenting, social media-led criticism.
In Icke’s production, actors are cast against type, to challenge the audience’s unconscious bias; women play men, and black cast members play white characters. Set against a clinically simple set design, the complexity of the characters and the very current issues the play raises become even more apparent.
The play received rave reviews during its run at the Almeida, and seats for The Doctor at the Duke of York Theatre will be in high demand for anyone looking to witness exceptional theatre with a director and actors at the top of their games.
Juliet Stevenson delivers one of the peak theatrical performances of the year in Icke’s striking reimagining of Schnitzler
18 April - 18 July
Duke of York's Theatre
St Martin's Lane
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