Dr Semmelweis


Based on an original idea by Mark Rylance, DR SEMMELWEIS is playing at the Harold Pinter Theatre in London’s West End for a limited run!

“We are the doctors of the modern age. We are marching into battle.”

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.

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What is Dr Semmelweis about?

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?

Ticket Information

Tickets available for performances from Wed 28 Jun – Sat 7 Oct 2023

Running Time

2hrs 30mins (incl. interval)

Cast & Creatives

From Bristol run: Roseanna Anderson (Marja Seidel/Baroness Maria-Teresa), Joshua Ben-Tovim (Hospital Porter/Death), Megan May Cameron (Beatrix Pfieller), Jackie Clune (Anna Muller), Megumi Eda (Aiko Eda), Sandy Grierson (Jakob Kolletschka), Felix Hayes (Ferdinand von Hebra), Suzy Halstead (Violet-May Blackledge), Daniel York Loh (Karl von Rokitansky), Enyi Okoronkwo (Franz Arneth), Mark Rylance (Ignaz Semmelweis), Clemmie Sveaas (Lisa Elstein), Thalissa Teixeira (Mira Semmelweis), Millie Thomas (Agnes Barta), Alan Williams (Johann Klein)

Stephen Brown and Mark Rylance (Writers), Tom Morris (Director), Richard Howell (Lighting Designer), Ti Green (Set and Costume Designer)

Age Guidance 14 +. This production contains references to suicide, infant and maternal mortality, as well as detailed descriptions of operations, cadavers, and disease.

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Booking Period

Wed 28 Jun - Sat 7 Oct 2023

Weekly Performances

Monday 7:30PM
Tuesday 7:30PM
Wednesday 7:30PM
Thursday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Friday 7:30PM
Saturday 2:30PM, 7:30PM

For group bookings of 10 or more:
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Or call 020 7206 1176

Venue Information

Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton St, London SW1Y 4DN

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Nearest Tube/Rail Station

Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Charing Cross


14, 19, 24, 29, 38 and 176

Nearest Car Parks

Q-Park Trafalgar in Spring Gardens, Q-Park Chinatown and Q-Park Soho

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