The Almeida Theatre has announced a new play written and directed by Robert Icke called The Doctor, freely adapted from Arthur Schnitzler’s 1912 play Professor Bernhardi, featuring Juliet Stevenson and Ria Zmitrowicz. The world premiere production opens on 20 August, with previews from 12 August, and runs until 28 September.
The Doctor follows Icke’s other acclaimed work at the Almeida including, most recently, The Wild Duck in 2018 as well as Hamlet, Mary Stuart, Oresteia, Uncle Vanya, Mr Burns and 1984. It will be Icke’s final production in his role as associate director of the Almeida as he departs to pursue freelance projects.
Artistic director Rupert Goold said: “Robert’s contribution to the Almeida is immeasurable. His emergence from our time working together at Headlong to international renown through his work for this theatre has been a privilege to be part of. He has been a friend and a visionary and we wish him well on the next stage of his artistic journey and look forward to him making other Almeida productions in the future.”
Robert Icke added:
“The Doctor will be my final show in my role as Almeida associate director. I’ve had a fantastic six years here, but it’s become impossible to give the building the attention it deserves alongside my other work for theatre and for the screen.
“I’m grateful to all my supportive and talented colleagues over that time, on stage and off, including so many wonderful actors, and to all of the wider Almeida team, some of whom I first met as an Almeida assistant director a decade ago. I look forward to returning in the future.”
Also in the creative team will be designer Hildegard Bechtler, lighting designer Natasha Chivers, sound designer Tom Gibbons and casting director Julia Horan.
Juliet Stevenson’s previous work at the Almeida includes Mary Stuart and Hamlet (both also West End). She has worked extensively for the Royal Shakespeare Company, the National Theatre and the Royal Court, winning an Olivier award for her performance as Paulina in Death and The Maiden in 1991. Her other most recent theatre credits include Wings and Happy Days (Young Vic). Her films include Let Me Go; Truly, Madly, Deeply; Bend it Like Beckham; When Did You Last See Your Father?; Being Julia; Pierrepoint; Mona Lisa Smile and Departure. Recent television work includes Riviera; One of Us; The Enfield Haunting; Atlantis and The Village. Other television work includes Place of Execution; The Accused; The Hour and White Heat. She was awarded the CBE in 1999. In addition to her Olivier award, she has been nominated a further four times and is five times BAFTA nominated for her film and television work.
Ria Zmitrowicz’s previous work at the Almeida includes Three Sisters and Dance Nation. Her other theatre work includesGundog; Bad Roads; X (Royal Court); Plastic (Ustinov Studio); The Crucible (Manchester Royal Exchange); Arcadia (English Touring Theatre); Four Minutes Twelve Seconds (Hampstead Theatre and Trafalgar Studios); Chapel Street (Bush Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe, Liverpool Everyman); God’s Property (Soho Theatre) and Skanky (Arcola Theatre). Her television credits include Through the Gates; Three Girls; Mr Selfridge; Youngers and The Midnight Beast. For film, her work includes Teen Spirit; Entebbe; Jellyfish; Kill Your Friends and the forthcoming Misbehaviour.