“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?


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?


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.


The production is not able to guarantee the appearance of any specific actor due to illness or unforeseen circumstances.


2 hours 30 minutes with one interval.


Harold Pinter Theatre

Panton St, West End, London SW1Y 4DN

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Suitable For Children

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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4 Panton St,


5.0(6 reviews)
  • Vivien

    Sep 24, 2023

    As a hungarian mum of two I personally found this play very moving. Watching it made me feel sad and happy in the same time but ultimately, very proud. All the actors, actresses and musicians did fabulously, we enjoyed it very much with my husband.

  • S.A.L.

    Sep 22, 2023

    Excellent cast delivering a thoroughly interesting and enjoyable afternoon. Loved the way the musicians and dancers melded with the actors to tell the story.

  • Jenifer Emery

    Sep 14, 2023

    It was a moving , funny in parts , and outstanding evening . We owe Dr S a great deal . Thank you to Mark Rylance , the cast , dancers and musicians .

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