This production ran from 29th June to 7th October 2023.
A smash hit.
Mail on Sunday
In Vienna, a city of artistic and scientific revolution, thousands of women are still dying in childbirth each and every year. Only Dr Semmelweis can see the invisible killer at work, but to stop it, he must convince his colleagues to admit culpability and approve change.
Damned by an establishment that questions his methods, his motives and even his sanity, Semmelweis is haunted by the women he has failed to save. Can he finally convince the greatest doctors of 19th century Europe to accept his argument – and what will it cost him to make an almost impossible case?
A compelling new drama.
Mark Rylance returns to the West End as one of medicine’s greatest pioneers, maverick Hungarian doctor Ignaz Semmelweis – the man whose research could save many millions of mothers’ lives.
But what good is a discovery that is ignored?
Following a “smash hit” (Mail on Sunday), sold-out run at Bristol Old Vic, this “compelling new drama” (The Telegraph) directed by Tom Morris, featuring live music by Adrian Sutton and original choreography by Antonia Franceschi of Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, comes to the Harold Pinter Theatre in the West End for a strictly limited run this summer.
Based on an original idea by Mark Rylance.
Mark Rylance is a force to behold.
The Sunday Times
MARK RYLANCE – Ignaz Semmelweis
ROSEANNA ANDERSON – Marja Seidel/Baroness Maria-Teresa
ZOE ARSHAMIAN – Annalisa Rósza
JOSHUA BEN-TOVIM – Hospital Porter/Death
EWAN BLACK – Franz Arneth
CHRISSY BROOKE – Lisa Elstein
MEGUMI EDA – Aiko Eda
SUZY HALSTEAD – Violet-May Blackledge
FELIX HAYES – Ferdinand Von Hebra
PAULINE MCLYNN – Anna Müller
JUDE OWUSU – Jakob Kolletschka/Levy
OXANA PANCHENKO – Polina Nagy
MILLIE THOMAS – Beatrix Pfieller
MAX WESTWELL – Hospital Porter/Death
AMANDA WILKIN – Maria Semmelweis
ALAN WILLIAMS – Johann Klein
DANIEL YORK LOH – Karl Von Rokitansky
PATRICIA ZHOU – Antoinette Du Boisson
HELEN BELBIN – Midwife Caroline Flint/Understudy
JASON HOGAN – Understudy
ANDREW McDONALD – Scanzoni/Understudy
HAIM CHOI – Suk Hee Apfelbaum (Music Director/Violin 1)
COCO INMA – Sarah Schmidt (Violin 2)
SHIZUKU TATSUNO – Oshizu Yukimura (Cello)
KASIA ZIMIŃSKA – Eszter Horowitch (Viola)
STEPHEN BROWN with MARK RYLANCE – Playwrights
TOM MORRIS – Director