Dr. Semmelweis (West End)
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Dr. Semmelweis (West End)

Dr. Semmelweis (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

(138 Ratings)
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Absorbing, Great acting, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

About the Show

Mark Rylance stars in this drama about the life of an early pioneer of antiseptic medicine.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (93)

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59 Reviews | 2 Followers
Delightful, Enchanting, Clever, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if you like excellent acting

Don't see it if you get confused easily

62 Reviews | 2 Followers
Intense, Great staging, Great acting, Absorbing, Ambitious

See it if You are up for a compelling drama about a medical pioneer condemned by ignorance and his personality flaws.

Don't see it if Death in childbirth gives you the willies and swearing upsets you. Read more

55 Reviews | 11 Followers
Resonant, Intelligent, Great staging, Great acting, Enchanting

See it if If you like a masterful play with excellent staging and acting

Don't see it if You want something light. This play deals with heavy, sensitive issues Read more

105 Reviews | 8 Followers
Dramatic, Intense, Intelligent, Great acting, Absorbing

See it if Captivating plot from the first minute. Great acting (Mark Rylane is superb) and interesting staging. Intense and gripping.

Don't see it if You want something light hearted.

277 Reviews | 85 Followers
Rylance is spectacular

See it if u like watching a mystery unravel before u even when u know who dun it before it begins. Rylance makes Semmelweiss human; u see his thoughts

Don't see it if u can't understand how a brilliant mind can also be emotionally stunted.

61 Reviews | 6 Followers
Moving, Passionate, Creative, Thought-provoking, Absorbing

See it if you love a historical political play based around a central character; care about improving public health and maternity/neo-natal care

Don't see it if you have had a difficult birth experience or lost a child - proceed with caution; or you find scenes of mental distress disturbing

166 Reviews | 20 Followers
Resonant, Refreshing, Intense, Relevant, Absorbing

See it if You want to be moved. I have always thought contemporary dance as high brow Olympic floor exercise but this got even my noob self invested.

Don't see it if You despite my above words can't stand moments of physical theatre. How about the legend Mark Rylance swaying around sound; sold?

54 Reviews | 3 Followers
Thought-provoking, Exquisite, Great staging, Intelligent, Absorbing

See it if you like theatre that merges different forms of performing arts, great acting and a story line that gives you time to reflect

Don't see it if you get easily frustrated with mankind's stupidity and obstinance Read more

Critic Reviews (11)

The London Evening Standard
July 12th, 2023

“The ending is rushed and clumsy but it doesn’t matter. One of our finest, alchemically instinctive actors is back where he belongs: onstage.”
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Time Out London
July 12th, 2023

"Mark Rylance is astonishing – again – in this unsettling, atmospheric drama about the downfall of a pioneering doctor"
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The Telegraph (UK)
July 11th, 2023

"Playing a maverick doctor who discovers a ground-breaking cure, the star embodies crusading eccentricity – and dangerous monomania... [this play places] resonant emphasis on the dangers of group-think and the way medical hierarchies can crush whistleblowers. "
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July 11th, 2023

“He [Rylance] makes Semmelweis hard to like. But he also lets you see inside his head, showing the thrill of being part of a new way of thinking, indicating the panic as he half realises his mind is becoming disturbed. It’s an extraordinarily subtle and emotional performance.”
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London Theatre
July 12th, 2023

“This stirring tragedy gives a voice to the voiceless: not just the unfairly treated Semmelweis, but the women whose pain was ignored, and whose deaths were dismissed as routine.”
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The Stage (UK)
July 12th, 2023

"Mark Rylance gives a fascinating, febrile performance in this unwieldy but absorbing historical drama."
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The Times (UK)
July 12th, 2023

“There is humour here as well as physical theatre, music, anger, sadness, emotional nuance.”
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
July 11th, 2023

Dr Semmelweis is utterly fascinating in every respect, especially as it unearths such a vital piece of forgotten, or ignored, history. As a pioneer of medicine, Mark Rylance leads an impressive cast in this gripping historical drama.
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