The Doctor is transferring to the West End. After a successful run at the Almeida Theatre, Robert Icke’s stunning adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi is heading to the Duke of York’s Theatre after a short tour. Tickets for The Doctor are on sale now.
First performed in 1912, Professor Bernhardi follows the story of a Jewish doctor at a private hospital. A girl under the doctor’s care is dying from an illegal abortion. A Catholic priest arrives to give her the last rites. However, the doctor refuses. Public outcry ensues.
Icke’s new adaptation, The Doctor, brings Schnitzler’s story into the 21st century, updating it for our divided times. Under Icke’s oversight, this new version doesn’t just cover religion. Instead, it impressively expands to take on other issues like race, gender and class.
The Doctor stars Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson as Dr. Ruth Wolff, Icke’s reimagining of Professor Bernhardi. Ruth is a secular Jew working for an institute specialising in Alzheimer’s disease. While a brilliant doctor, Ruth's brusque, intolerant nature soon lands her into trouble.
As Ruth faces trial by social media and TV debates, Stevenson portrays her in all her pained complexity. Don’t miss out on what the Evening Standard has called ‘one of the performances of the year’ from Stevenson. Tickets for The Doctor are in short supply.
Icke’s adaptation also tests our senses as women play men, black actors play white characters and the truth is distorted everywhere.
As a result, The Doctor is a dizzying play that demonstrates the danger of always playing identity politics. The play's fierce clarity is brought to life by Hildegard Bechtler’s clinical stage design.
In short, you won’t watch a more thought-provoking play all year than The Doctor. Check out all times and dates for upcoming performances of The Doctor now. You can find the best tickets for The Doctor right here at TickX.