Following five-star reviews at the Almeida Theatre, Juliet Stevenson stars in the West End transfer of The Doctor at the Duke of York’s Theatre from April 2020. Assessing the decisions of a professor who faces a moral dilemma regarding religious intervention in hospital, it’s a gripping play that asks how individuals regard themselves as well as how society impresses behaviour.
Juliet Stevenson will reprise her award-winning performance as Professor Ruth Woolf from the Almeida Theatre, recently starring in Mary Stuart and Hamlet at the Off-West End venue. Her notable theatre credits include productions of Yerma, Hedda Gabler and The Seagull at the National Theatre, as well as Olivier Award-nominated performances in Measure for Measure and Les Liaisons Dangereuses.
Mariah Louca, Daniel Rabin, Joy Richardson, Naomi Wirthner and Hannah Ledwidge reprise their performances from the Almeida Theatre, with The Doctor company completed by Chris Colquhoun, Shelley Conn, Anni Domingo, Liv Hill, Jamie Parker and Millicent Wong.
First, do no harm.
Set in a hospital, Professor Ruth Woolf is treating a young female patient diagnosed with sepsis. When a priest is sent by the patient’s parents to deliver their last rites, Woolf denies the privilege, erupting a national scandal. In a divisive time and in a divided nation, a society takes sides over the treatment of a single patient in a play examining identities, bias and perceptions of others.
The Doctor is based on the 1912 play Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler.
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The Doctor includes the discussion of suicide and the description of suicide methods, with an age recommendation of 14+.
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