Juliet Stevenson will reprise her role as Professor Ruth Wolff in an upcoming U.K. tour of Robert Icke's The Doctor that will subsequently play London's West End.
The Almeida Theatre production, also directed by Icke, will tour to Brighton (September 5-10), Bath (September 13-17), and Richmond (September 19-24) before transferring to the Duke of York’s Theatre September 29–December 11. Additional casting will be announced.
Freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi, The Doctor opened at the Almeida in August 2019. The play headlined the Adelaide Festival in 2020 before it was due to transfer to the West End. The transfer was delayed due to the pandemic.
The production has designs by Hildegard Bechtler, lighting by Natasha Chivers, sound and composition by Tom Gibbons, and casting by Julia Horan.
Stevenson, who won a Critics’ Circle Award and was nominated for an Evening Standard Award for her performance, says, “I am beyond thrilled that The Doctor is traveling to Brighton, Bath, and Richmond and then onto the West End. So much has happened in the last two years since we first played the show. I am so excited to share these new resonances and conversations with audiences everywhere we go. Never has this debate been more needed.”
The Doctor will mark the third West End transfer for Icke and Stevenson, following Mary Stuart and Hamlet. She most recently voiced one of the puppets in Icke’s current production of Animal Farm.
The Doctor is produced by Ambassador Theatre Group Productions and Almeida Theatre, Gavin Kalin Productions, Sonia Friedman Productions, and Wessex Grove.