Dr Semmelweis - London

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Harold Pinter Theatre, London
Booking to 7 October 2023
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About Dr Semmelweis

★★★★★ “Mark Rylance mesmerises” – The Observer

Mark Rylance returns to the West End in Dr Semmelweis, playing one of medicine’s greatest pioneers – maverick Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis, the man whose research could save many millions of mothers’ lives.

Following a “smash hit” (Mail on Sunday), sold-out run at Bristol Old Vic, this “compelling new drama” (The Telegraph) comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End for a strictly limited 14-week run this summer.

Directed by Tom Morris, the show features live music by Adrian Sutton and original choreography by Antonia Franceschi of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet.

Oscar, BAFTA, Tony and Olivier award-winning actor Mark Rylance leads the cast of Dr Semmelweis, and in a unique theatrical event, Rylance and the cast are joined on stage by 10 ballet dancers and the Salome string Quartet.

Dr Semmelweis is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 7 October 2023.

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What's the story of Dr Semmelweis ?

Set in 19th century Vienna, the play centres on a maverick doctor who makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands, but is rejected by the mainstream medical establishment. Years later he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save and questions if it’s too late to convince the medical establishment.

Who is in the cast of Dr Semmelweis ?

Mark Rylance as Dr Semmelweis.

The company are: Roseanna Anderson (Marja Seidel/ Baroness Maria-Teresa), Zoe Arshamian (Dance Ensemble), Joshua Ben-Tovim (Hospital Porter/ Death), Ewan Black (Franz Arneth), Chrissy Brooke (Lisa Elstein), Megumi Eda (Aiko Eda), Suzy Halstead (Violet-May Blackledge), Felix Hayes (Ferdinand von Hebra), Pauline McLynn (Anna Müller), Jude Owusu (Jakob Kolletschka), Oxana Panchenko (Dance Ensemble), Millie Thomas (Agnes Barta), Max Westwell (Hospital Porter/ Death), Amanda Wilkin (Maria Semmelweis), Alan Williams (Johann Klein), Daniel York Loh (Karl von Rokitansky), Patricia Zhou (Dance Ensemble), and Helen Belbin, Jason Hogan, Andrew McDonald, with the Salomé Quartet – Haim Choi as Suk Hee Apfelbaum (Music Director/ Violin 1), Coco Inman as Sarah Schmidt (Violin 2), Kasia Zimińska  as Eszter Horowitz (Viola) and Shizuku Tatsuno  as Oshizu Yukimura (Cello).

Who are the creative team of Dr Semmelweis ?

Written by Stephen Brown with Mark Rylance, based on an original idea by Mark Rylance

Directed by Tom Morris; Set and Costume Design by Ti Green; Lighting Design by Richard Howell; Choreography by Antonia Franceschi; Music by Adrian Sutton.


Reviews of Dr Semmelweis

★★★★★ "Mark Rylance mesmerises" - The Observer
★★★★ "One of Mark Rylance’s greatest achievements" - The Times
★★★★ "Mark Rylance is magnetic in urgent tale of scientific discovery" - The Evening Standard
★★★★ "Mark Rylance is astonishing – again – in this unsettling, atmospheric drama" - TimeOut
★★★★ "The evening freshly grips" - Telegraph
★★★★ "Mark Rylance gives a fascinating, febrile performance" - The Stage
★★★★ "It’s beautiful and sorrowful, and at its centre is Rylance... His performance is mercurial" - Financial Times
★★★★ "Rylance fans can’t afford to miss it" - Daily Mail

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Show Information

Performance dates
Booking to 7 October 2023
Age restrictions
14+
Running time
2 hours 50 minutes (including interval)
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

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Important Notes

Content warning:

Age guidance 14+. References to suicide, and infant and maternal mortality.


Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre, 6 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 24, 29, 38, 88, 91, 94, 139, 159, 176, 453
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Ticket Information

Official London Theatre tickets for Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London.  Book tickets to Dr Semmelweis  at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London with WestEndTheatre.com. You will be purchasing official London theatre tickets from an authorised retailer and member of the Society of Ticket Agents and Retailers.


News about Dr Semmelweis

Dr Semmelweis Reviews – Starring Mark Rylance
Reviews are coming in for Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre, starring Mark Rylance. Rylance reprises the role of Dr Semmelweis in a production that originally premiered at the Bristol Old Vic theatre in 2022, and is directed by Tom Morris. The full cast of Dr Semmelweis includes Roseanna Anderson (Marja Seidel/ Baroness Maria-Teresa), Zoe Arshamian (Dance Ensemble), Joshua Ben-Tovim (Hospital Porter/ Death), Ewan Black (Franz Arneth), Chrissy Brooke (Lisa Elstein), Megumi Eda (Aiko Eda), Suzy Halstead (Violet-May Blackledge), Felix Hayes (Ferdinand von Hebra), Pauline McLynn (Anna Müller), Jude Owusu (Jakob Kolletschka), Oxana Panchenko (Dance Ensemble), Millie Thomas (Agnes Barta), Max Westwell (Hospital Porter/ Death), Amanda Wilkin (Maria Semmelweis), Alan Williams (Johann Klein), Daniel York Loh (Karl von Rokitansky), Patricia Zhou (Dance Ensemble), and Helen Belbin, Jason Hogan, Andrew McDonald, with the Salomé Quartet - Haim Choi as Suk Hee Apfelbaum (Music Director/ Violin 1), Coco Inman as Sarah Schmidt (Violin 2), Kasia Zimińska  as Eszter Horowitz (Viola) and Shizuku Tatsuno  as Oshizu Yukimura (Cello). Joining the cast onstage are 10 ballet dancers and the Salome string Quartet. Dr Semmelweis was originally developed by the National Theatre Studio and produced by Bristol Old Vic, in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, the National Theatre and Shakespeare Road.  [ngg src="galleries" ids="1234" display="basic_slideshow"] Set in 19th century Vienna, the play centres on a maverick doctor who makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands, but is rejected by the mainstream medical establishment. Years later he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save and questions if it’s too late to convince the medical establishment. The creative team also includes Set and Costume Design by Ti Green; Lighting Design by Richard Howell; Choreography by Antonia Franceschi; Music by Adrian Sutton. Dr Semmelweis is running at the Harold Pinter Theatre until 7 October 2023. Read reviews of Dr Semmelweis including the Telegraph, Times, and Evening Standard, with further reviews to follow. Book tickets to Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Dr Semmelweis starring Mark Rylance announces full West End cast
Full casting has been announced for the West End transfer of Dr Semmelweis starring Mark Rylance. Dr Semmelweis opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre this Summer, running from 29 June 2023 until 7 October 2023. Rylance will reprise the title role in Tom Morris' production which previously opened to critical acclaim at Bristol Old Vic theatre in 2022. In a unique theatrical event, he and the cast are joined on stage by 10 ballet dancers and the Salome string Quartet. The company are: Roseanna Anderson (Marja Seidel/ Baroness Maria-Teresa), Zoe Arshamian (Dance Ensemble), Joshua Ben-Tovim (Hospital Porter/ Death), Ewan Black (Franz Arneth), Chrissy Brooke (Lisa Elstein), Megumi Eda (Aiko Eda), Suzy Halstead (Violet-May Blackledge), Felix Hayes (Ferdinand von Hebra), Pauline McLynn (Anna Müller), Jude Owusu (Jakob Kolletschka), Oxana Panchenko (Dance Ensemble), Millie Thomas (Agnes Barta), Max Westwell (Hospital Porter/ Death), Amanda Wilkin (Maria Semmelweis), Alan Williams (Johann Klein), Daniel York Loh (Karl von Rokitansky), Patricia Zhou (Dance Ensemble), and Helen Belbin, Jason Hogan, Andrew McDonald, with the Salomé Quartet - Haim Choi as Suk Hee Apfelbaum (Music Director/ Violin 1), Coco Inman as Sarah Schmidt (Violin 2), Kasia Zimińska  as Eszter Horowitz (Viola) and Shizuku Tatsuno  as Oshizu Yukimura (Cello). Dr Semmelweis was originally developed by the National Theatre Studio and produced by Bristol Old Vic, opening on 20 January 2022 in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, the National Theatre and Shakespeare Road.  Set in 19th century Vienna, the play centres on a maverick doctor who makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands, but is rejected by the mainstream medical establishment. Years later he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save and questions if it’s too late to convince the medical establishment. Dr Semmelweis opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 11 July, with previews from 29 June, and runs until Saturday 7 October 2023. Book tickets to Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Mark Rylance to star in West End transfer of Dr Semmelweis
Mark Rylance will star in the West End transfer of Dr Semmelweis which opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre this Summer. Rylance will reprise the title role in Tom Morris' production which previously opened to critical acclaim at Bristol Old Vic theatre in 2022. Set in 19th century Vienna, the play centres on a maverick doctor who makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands, but is rejected by the mainstream medical establishment. Years later he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save and questions if it’s too late to convince the medical establishment. Mark Rylance said today, "Here is a person who makes one of the most important discoveries in modern medicine - what we now call ‘Bacteria’ - and yet he is pretty much unknown because for forty years, until Louis Pasteur and Dr Lister make the same discovery, no one will listen to him.  Why?  “I was intrigued. The inspiration to act our story with a chorus of ballet dancers and a quartet representing the many thousands of mothers who perished unnecessarily, makes this a very powerful piece of theatre for me. I am thrilled to be reviving it in London at the Harold Pinter Theatre."  Rylance most recently appeared on stage in the West End revival of his Tony and Olivier Award winning role of Johnny Rooster in Jez Butterworth’s acclaimed play Jerusalem. Dr Semmelweis opens at the Harold Pinter Theatre on 11 July, with previews from 29 June, and runs until Saturday 7 October 2023. Book tickets to Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre
Bristol Old Vic announces cast for Dr Semmelweis starring Mark Rylance
Bristol Old Vic today announces the full cast for the world première of Dr Semmelweis, based on an original idea by Mark Rylance, and written by Stephen Brown with Rylance.  Tom Morris directs the previously announced Mark Rylance (Ignaz Semmelweis), who is joined by Jackie Clune (Anna Müller), Sandy Grierson (Jakob Kolletschka), Felix Hayes (Ferdinand von Hebra), Enyi Okoronkwo (Franz Arneth), Clemmie Sveaas (Lisa Elstein), Thalissa Teixeira (Maria Semmelweis), Alan Williams (Johann Klein) and Daniel York Loh (Karl von Rokitanksy). The cast also features dancers Roseanna Anderson, Joshua Ben-Tovim, Megan May Cameron, Megumi Eda, Suzy Halstead and Millie Thomas and musicians Haim Choi, Coco Inman, Kasia Ziminska and Shizuku Tatsuno, who play together as the Salomé Quartet.  Set in 19th century Vienna, the play centres on a maverick doctor who makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands, but is rejected by the mainstream medical establishment. Years later he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save and questions if it's too late to convince the medical establishment. The production opens on 26 January, with previews from 20 January and runs until 12 February 2022. Dr Semmelweis is one of three world première productions in Bristol Old Vic’s spring season, with award-winning local writer Ross Willis’ Wonder Boy, which follows the experience of a young boy with a stammer, examining the challenges of communication, the joy in friendship and the power of finding your own way of being heard. Directed by Sally Cookson, the production runs 5 - 26 March 2022. This is followed by The Meaning of Zong, written by and starring Giles Terera, which tells the story of pioneer abolitionist Olaudah Equiano and his response to a massacre aboard the slave ship Zong. The production, responding to the social upheaval the world has witnessed in recent years is directed by Terera and Tom Morris, and runs 2 April – 7 May 2022.

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