Full casting has been revealed for The Doctor which opens at the Duke of York’s Theatre this September.
Joining the previously announced, Juliet Stevenson, and returning to the production are Christopher Colquhoun (The Lion King), Mariah Louca (Best Of Enemies), Daniel Rabin (King Lear), Naomi Wirthner (An Evening At The Talkhouse) and Hannah Ledwidge on drums.
New cast members include Doña Croll (The Heresy of Love), Juliet Garricks (100 Paintings), Preeya Kalidas(Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), John Mackay (Oresteia), Matilda Tucker (The Snow Queen) and Sabrina Wu.
The Doctor, by Robert Icke, very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler, has been critically lauded since it opened at the Almeida in August 2019, with Juliet Stevenson in the title role. This is their third collaboration together to transfer to the West End, previous ones being Mary Stuart in 2018 and Oresteia in 2015.
After two years of delays, the play will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre on 29 September 2022, and run until 11 December 2022.
Prior to the West End, the play will also visit Brighton from 5 to 10 September, Bath from 13 to 17 September and Richmond from 19 to 24 September.
The play scooped five stars from many of the critics when it premiered at the Almeida, including The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, and The Sunday Times.
In addition to Robert Icke, the play’s creative team includes design by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound and composition by Tom Gibbons and casting by Julia Horan.
In the play, Ruth Wolff (Juliet Stevenson) is a secular Jew who runs a prestigious institute specialising in Alzheimer’s disease. When Ruth prevents a priest from seeing a 14-year-old girl who is dying from a self-administered abortion, the incident goes viral on social media, provoking petitions and TV debates, jeopardising both Ruth’s future, and that of the institute.