Almeida West End
Very freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi by Robert Icke
Directed By Robert Icke
The Guardian, The Telegraph, Financial Times, The Sunday Times, WhatsOnStage
Olivier Award-winner Juliet Stevenson delivers “one of the performances of the year” (Evening Standard) in the West End transfer of Robert Icke’s sold-out, five-star Almeida Theatre production - from 20 April 2020 at the Duke of York’s Theatre.
First, do no harm.
On an ordinary day, at a private hospital, a young woman fights for her life. A priest arrives to save her soul. Her doctor refuses him entry.
In a divisive time, in a divided nation, a society takes sides.
The latest smash-hit by “Britain’s best director” (The Telegraph) is a "provocative, wonderfully upsetting" (Independent) whirlwind of gender, race and identity politics, "one of the peaks of the theatrical year" (The Guardian) and a "devastating play for today" (Financial Times).
Photograph by Nadav Kander
Previews Mon 20 Apr - Wed 29 Apr
Press Night 7pm Thu 30 Apr
Mon – Sat evenings 7.30pm
Thu & Sat matinees 2.30pm
7.30pm Wed 24 Jun
Audio Described Performance
7.30pm Wed 3 Jun
(Touch Tour TBC)
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For a limited time, tickets during previews will match the Almeida's prices:
£55 tickets reduced to £42.50
£45 tickets reduced to £34
£30 tickets reduced to £20
£25 tickets reduced to £20
£15 tickets reduced to £10
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Customers under 30 or claiming Jobseekers Allowance and similar government benefits can book Band A seats for £25.
Concessions tickets are limited and subject to availability. Proof of age or ID will be required when collecting tickets.
For the Almeida: Mary Stuart (also West End); Hamlet (also West End); The Odyssey; Duet For One (also West End).
Theatre includes: Beckett Shorts (RSC Stratford / Europe); Les Liaisons Dangereuses; As You Like It; Troilus and Cressida; Measure For Measure; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Witch of Edmonton; Money (RSC Stratford / Barbican); Henry IV Parts I & II (RSC Stratford Tour); Once In A Lifetime; The White Guard (RSC Aldwych); Hippolytus; Anthony and Cleopatra; The Churchill Play; The Taming Of The Shrew; The Tempest (RSC Stratford); Alice Trilogy; The Country; Other Worlds (Royal Court); The Seagull; Private Lives; Hedda Gabler; Yerma (National Theatre); We Happy Few (Gielgud Theatre); Caucasian Chalk Circle (National Theatre / Tour); The Duchess Of Malfi (Greenwich / West End); Scenes From An Execution (Mark Taper Forum, LA); Death and the Maiden (Royal Court / West End); Burn This (Hampstead / West End); On The Verge (Sadler’s Wells); The Trackers of Exyrhynchtus (National Theatre Studio).
Television includes: Dustbin Baby; Place of Execution; Hear The Silence; The Pact; Trial By Fire; Cider With Rosie; Stone Scissors Paper; The Politician’s Wife; Out Of Love; Stanley; A Doll’s House; Life Story; Antigone; Freud; Bazaar and Rummage; The Mallens; Maybury; Great Journeys: Isabella Eberhardt; Oedipus At Colonus.
Film includes: Desert Flower; The Secret of Moonacre; And When Did You Last See Your Father; Breaking And Entering; Pierrepoint; The Snow Queen; A Previous Engagement; Every Word Is True; Red Mercury Rising; Being Julia; Mona Lisa Smile; Nicholas Nickleby; Food For Love; Bend It Like Beckham; The Search For John Gissing; The Road From Coorain; Play (Samuel Beckett); Emma; A Secret Rapture; Who Dealt; The Trial; Truly Madly Deeply; Drowning By Numbers.
The running time is approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including a 20-minute 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.
Adaptation and Direction Robert Icke
Design Hildegard Bechtler
Light Natasha Chivers
Sound and Composition Tom Gibbons
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Associate Costume Designer