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Duke of York's Theatre

Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson and director Robert Icke reunite in this smart, snappy study of race, gender and identity politics.

A razor-sharp, gripping moral thriller

Award-winning actress Juliet Stevenson reunites with critically-acclaimed director Robert Icke for their latest collaboration The Doctor, based on Austrian playwright Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi.

When decorated Jewish doctor Ruth Wolff refuses a Catholic priest admission to her dying patient’s bedside, she unwittingly ignites a fierce debate about science, religion and ethics. In a divided society that is easily guided into outrage or apathy by the media, which side should we take, and who has the moral high ground?

Juliet Stevenson stars as Ruth Wolff, following stunning, award-nominated turns in Mary Stuart and Hamlet. Playwright and director Robert Icke won an Olivier Award in 2016 for his reworking of Greek classic Oresteia. He was the youngest ever recipient of the Best Director accolade at the age of 29.

After generating intense discussion during its premiere at the Almeida Theatre in 2019, the West End run is sure to continue the debate. Make up your own mind and join the conversation with The Doctor tickets at the Duke of York’s Theatre.

Sorry this show closed 11 December 2022, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
01 Dec 2022 - 11 Dec 2022
Running time:
2 hours and 45 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
Please be aware that the production includes discussion of suicide and descriptions of suicide methods.

The Doctor Reviews

76 Reviews
  • 5 Stars55%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars7%
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User Reviews


Cleverly written and a superb performance from Juliet Stevenson. Very pertinent for today's climate where even factual, logical and approved procedural statements and actions can be twisted, scrutinised and turned against you in trial by internet. Ma Read more

Performance date: 30 October 2022

Very of today, and thought provoking. It can get a bit shouty, but some really pertinent points are made. What is fascinating is that you can feel it lose the audience when ID politics starts to win and be “justified” in doing so.

Performance date: 05 November 2022

Really worthy new play. Add Juliet Stephenson and you have theatre at it best – whether or not you agree with the outcome.

Performance date: 26 November 2022
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