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    Mark Rylance stars in this brand new play, inspired by the doctor who fought to revolutionise medical practices in 19th-century Vienna.

    The maverick doctor who revolutionised science

    What use is a discovery if no one believes in it? New play Dr Semmelweis, starring Mark Rylance, arrives in the West End with a haunting story about one doctor who fought against the establishment.

    In 19th-century Vienna, thousands of women are dying during childbirth every year. A city famous for its artistic and scientific spirit cannot find a treatment, but Dr Semmelweis has made a discovery. Damned and dismissed by his contemporaries as a mad maverick, Semmelweis is haunted by the women he couldn’t save. What sacrifices must he make to ensure this invisible killer is stopped?

    Dr Semmelweis at the Harold Pinter Theatre stars Academy Award winner Mark Rylance (Jerusalem; Bridge of Spies) as the pioneering but misunderstood surgeon who rallied to revolutionise medical practices.

    This brand new play is based on an original concept by Rylance, developed in collaboration with writer Stephen Brown and director Tom Morris (War Horse). It enjoyed an acclaimed world premiere at Bristol Old Vic in 2022 and now transfers to London for a limited season.

    Book Dr Semmelweis tickets to discover a compelling slice of history, performed by one of our greatest living stage actors.

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    Performance dates:
    29 Jun 2023 - 07 Oct 2023
    Running time:
    Harold Pinter Theatre (See map)
    Age recommendation:
    Best for age 14+
    Audience Notes:
    This production contains references to suicide, and infant and maternal mortality.

    Please note that the appearance of any performer cannot be guaranteed, and is always subject to illness, injury and statutory holiday entitlement.

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