Robert Icke’s The Doctor to premiere at the Almeida Theatre

London’s Almeida Theatre is to stage The Doctor, a new play written and directed by Robert Icke that has been adapted from Professor Bernhardi, Arthur Schnitzler’s controversial play from 1912, about anti-Semitism.

The production, which will open in August, will feature Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz, with further casting to come.

The production follows Icke’s other acclaimed work at the Almeida including The Wild Duck as well as Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Oresteia, Uncle Vanya, Mr Burns and 1984.

Juliet Stevenson

It will be his final production in his role as associate director of the Almeida before he departs to pursue freelance projects.

Artistic Director Rupert Goold said today: “Robert’s contribution to the Almeida is immeasurable.

“His emergence, from our time working together at Headlong to international renown, through his work for this theatre, has been a privilege to be part of.

“He has been a friend and a visionary and we wish him well on the next stage of his artistic journey and look forward to him making other Almeida productions in the future.”

Robert Icke said: “The Doctor will be my final show in my role as Almeida associate director.

“I’ve had a fantastic six years here, but it’s become impossible to give the building the attention it deserves alongside my other work for theatre and for the screen.

“I’m grateful to all my supportive and talented colleagues over that time, on stage and off, including so many wonderful actors, and to all of the wider Almeida team, some of whom I first met as an Almeida assistant director a decade ago.

“I look forward to returning in the future.”

The Doctor will run at the Almeida Theatre from August 12 -September 28.

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