Bristol Old Vic has announced an extended run of its world premiere production of Dr Semmelweis.
The new piece is written by Stephen Brown with Mark Rylance based on an original idea by Rylance.
The show opened on 26 January, after previews from 20 January and now runs to 19 February 2022 with tickets on sale now here. The show had been running to 12 February.
Bristol Old Vic’s Executive Director, Charlotte Geeves said: “We are absolutely thrilled by the response to the production so far and the welcome Bristol has given to Mark and the rest of our wonderful cast.
“Demand for tickets has been unprecedented and is a clear indication of the way in which theatre is bouncing back from the last few years of uncertainty. We are hugely grateful to Mark for his support of the return of theatre, not only in the West End but also in theatres like ours across the UK.”
The cast features Rylance alongside Jackie Clune, Sandy Grierson, Felix Hayes, Enyi Okoronkwo, Clemmie Sveaas, Thalissa Teixeira, Alan Williams and Daniel York Loh.
The company also includes dancers Roseanna Anderson, Joshua Ben-Tovim, Megan May Cameron, Megumi Eda, Suzy Halstead and Millie Thomas and musicians Haim Choi, Coco Inman, Kasia Ziminska and Shizuku Tatsuno, who play together as the Salomé Quartet.
Confronted by the terrible death toll of childbed fever in 19th century Vienna, maverick Doctor Semmelweis makes a discovery that could save hundreds of thousands of new mothers. But when the medical establishment questions his methods, rejects his theory and doubts his sanity, the controversial surgeon finds that being a pioneer is not enough.
Years later, he is haunted by the ghosts of the women he failed to save. Is it too late to convince the medical establishment to see the truth? And if he tries what will be the cost?
Completing the creative team is Tom Morris (Director), Ti Green (Set and Costume Designer), Richard Howell (Lighting Designer), Antonia Franceschi (Choreographer), Adrian Sutton (Music), Jon Nicholls (Sound Designer), Martin McKellan (Voice and Dialect), Claire O’Reilly (Associate Director) and Victor Lirio (Assistant Director).