27 Feb 2020 - 08 Mar 2020

THE DOCTOR: Adelaide

Very freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler's Professor Bernhardi by Robert Icke

Directed By Robert Icke

At Dunstan Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, Adelaide


production information

On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a 14-year old fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Dr. Wolff refuses him entry.

In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.

Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) as Dr. Wolff.

Robert Icke’s production navigates the contemporary minefield of freedom of religion, identity politics, medical ethics, gender and class. As the debate charts its catastrophic course, The Doctor reveals itself as an urgent contemporary tragedy.

The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, WhatsOnStage

Photograph by Nadav Kander

Dates & Tickets

This link will take you to Adelaide Festival’s website where you can complete your booking

Thu 27 Feb 8pm
Fri 28 Feb 7pm
Sat 29 Feb 2pm & 7pm
Sun 1 Mar 2pm
Tue 3 Mar 6pm
Wed 4 Mar 6pm
Thu 5 Mar 11.30am & 6pm
Fri 6 Mar 7pm
Sat 7 Mar 1pm & 6pm
Sun 8 Mar 4pm

Meet the cast and creative team after the Thu 5 Mar matinee performance

Additional information

The running time is 2 hours 45 minutes including an interval.

This production features bright, flashing lights and strobe.


The Doctor includes the discussion of suicide and the description of suicide methods. This production has an age recommendation of 14+.

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this production, you can get free support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year from the Samaritans. Visit samaritans.org or call 116 123 for free.

Cast & Creatives

Adaptation and Direction Robert Icke
Design Hildegard Bechtler
Light Natasha Chivers
Sound and Composition Tom Gibbons
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Additional Composition
Hannah Ledwidge
Associate Director
Anthony Almeida
Resident Director TD Moyo
Associate Costume Designer
Deborah Andrews
Associate Lighting Designers
Nic Farman
Associate Sound Designers
Johnny Edwards and Andrew Josephs
Assistant Set Designer Ella Callow
Costume Supervision Megan Doyle

Cast includes
Juliet Stevenson