Interesting idea for a new play - seems much suited for film but could be something special.
"Based on an original idea by Rylance, Semmelweiss centers on the maverick Dr. Semmelweis (Rylance), who is confronted by the terrible death toll of childbed fever and 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."
Postponed but notably not cancelled - rehearsals were to start this week:
Mark Rylance said today, "I am very sad not to be rehearsing this resonant play for our scheduled opening this summer. I was particularly looking forward also to living and playing in Bristol. I have always enjoyed being in the audience at the beautiful Bristol Old Vic and spent many enjoyable days and nights in Bristol while filming Wolf Hall or visiting friends. I hope that we as a society will one day soon feel safe to gather again in theatres and share these moving, amusing and sometimes tragic stories in the same room together."