The Doctor

The Doctor

​First, do no harm.

“The last time director Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson collaborated, it was on Mary Stuart at the Almeida. That play was a storming success and went on to the West End. Audiences went in with high expectations that were not disappointed. This challenging and intelligent examination of religion, race, gender and class has been very well received. You might be able to pick up a returned ticket for the Almeida run but you may be better served booking for the West End run.”
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4 July 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“You should think of booking ahead for Robert Icke’s free adaptation of Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play, Professor Bernhardi, because there is nothing that Icke has done at this address that hasn’t been class. This is his final show before he goes off to direct a string of productions in Europe. Add to that a terrific cast lead by Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz and you can see why this Almeida swansong is likely to be as hot ticket.”



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Almeida Associate Director Robert Icke and Juliet Stevenson reunite at the Almeida for their third collaboration, following Mary Stuart and Hamlet.

The cast also includes Ria Zmitrowicz who returns to the Almeida following Dance Nation and Three Sisters. Further casting to be announced.

Critic reviews

Juliet Stevenson is brilliant in an ethical debate that is both thrilling and challenging

The Arts Desk

Intense, challenging swansong for Almeida's Robert Icke starring spellbinding Juliet Stevenson

Evening Standard

Juliet Stevenson is fantastic in Robert Icke’s brutal depiction of a modern-day witch hunt

The Stage

An astonishing, gripping evening


Robert Icke offers brilliant diagnosis of modern ills

The Guardian

Juliet Stevenson triumphs in this swansong from Britain's best director

The Telegraph

Juliet Stevenson is magnificent in provocative, wonderfully upsetting production

The Independent

A magnificent performance from Juliet Stevenson

Financial Times

Juliet Stevenson is devastatingly good in Robert Icke’s intense but flawed final play for the Almeida

Time Out

In The Doctor, the mishandling of progressive ideas creates a lazy victim complex. Left unchallenged by audiences and critics alike, its assault on identity politics flourishes, a symptom of British theatre’s unwillingness to animate and empower its silenced proponents


Date & time

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Mon 12 Aug - Sat 28 Sep, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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