Dr Semmelweis

What does it take to change the world?

Confronted by the terrible death toll of childbed fever in 19th century Vienna, maverick Doctor Semmelweis makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands of new mothers. But when the medical establishment questions his methods, rejects his theory and doubts his sanity, the controversial surgeon finds that being a pioneer is not enough.

Years later, he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save. Is it too late to convince the medical establishment to see the truth? And if he tries what will be the cost?

This powerful World Premiere is based on an original idea from Mark Rylance (Jerusalem, Wolf Hall, Bridge of Spies), developed with writer Stephen Brown (Occupational Hazards) and Director Tom Morris (War Horse, Touching the Void).

Rylance is internationally known for his long association with Shakespeare’s Globe, and his many award-winning performances in the West End, on Broadway and on screen. He plays the title role in his Bristol Old Vic debut.

A Bristol Old Vic production in association with Sonia Friedman Productions, the National Theatre and Shakespeare Road.