The Doctor

The Doctor

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Olivier Award winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) in the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star Almeida Theatre production.
The latest smash-hit by “Britain’s best director” (Telegraph) is a “provocative, wonderfully upsetting” (Independent) whirlwind of gender, race and identity politics, and a “devastating play for today” (Financial Times). 

The Doctor will now run in 2021 at the Duke of York’s Theatre, London.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19, this production has now been postponed to 2021.  Full dates to be announced in due course.

What’s the Story?

First, do no harm.

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry. 

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

Who’s in it? The Doctor Cast

Juliet Stevenson (Truly, Madly, Deeply; Mary Stuart) leads the cast alongside Jamie Parker (Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, The History Boys), Mariah LoucaDaniel RabinJoy RichardsonNaomi Wirthner, Hannah Ledwidge, Chris Colquhoun, Shelley Conn, Anni Domingo, Liv Hill and Millicent Wong.

Creative Team

The Doctor, by Robert Icke (The Wild Duck, Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Oresteia, 1984), is very freely adapted from Professor Bernhardi by Arthur Schnitzler.

Directed by  Robert Icke with set and costume designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound and composition by Tom Gibbons and casting by Julia Horan.


★★★★★ “A performance by Juliet Stevenson that is one of the peaks of the theatrical year” – The Guardian

★★★★”Provocative, deft and disturbing” – The Times

★★★★★ “A towering performance that will surely win awards” – Daily Telegraph

★★★★ “One of the performances of the year, a display of gut-felt rigour from Juliet Stevenson” – Evening Standard

★★★★★ “A characteristically magnetic central performance from Juliet Stevenson” – The Sunday Times

★★★★ “Absolutely mesmerising” The Stage

★★★★★ “A gripping moral thriller and a scorching examination of our age” Financial Times

★★★★ “Immensely stimulating. Juliet Stevenson is magnificent” The Independent

Important Notes

Running Time: Approx. 2 hours 45 minutes including a 20-minute interval

 Age Recommendation: The Doctor includes the discussion of suicide and the description of suicide methods. We recommend an age recommendation of 14+

Theatre Information

Duke of York's Theatre
Address: 45 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BG
Nearest Underground: Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line), Charing Cross (Northern line, Bakerloo line), Embankment (Northern line, Bakerloo line, District line, Circle line)
Nearest Buses: 14, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 40, 176

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