Performance of Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi at Barts Pathology Museum, London

· Austrian Research (general)
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‘Prolonging life – we’re good at that!’
 
Arthur Schnitzler’s Professor Bernhardi by [Foreign Affairs] theatre company
 
A performance at Barts Pathology Museum, London, 23-25 September 2015
Arthur Schnitzler’s unlikely comedy Professor Bernhardi (1912) tells the story of a Jewish doctor who prevents a Catholic priest from giving the last rites to a patient who is unaware that she is dying. A new adaptation takes a wry look at the ethical choices that have to be made in hospitals and are as relevant now as they were in Schnitzler’s time.
The venue is Barts Pathology Museum in London’s West Smithfield. In this remarkable space, not normally accessible to the public, over 5000 medical specimens are displayed. And just as the museum makes visible the anatomy and physiology of the human body, so Professor Bernhardi enacts this logic of turning inside-out, laying bare the inner workings of a hospital.
The production is a collaboration between the theatre company [Foreign Affairs] and academics from the Schnitzler Digital Edition Project.
Interior of the Pathology Museum at St Bartholomew's Hospital. Image courtesy of Queen Mary University of London

Interior of the Pathology Museum at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. Image courtesy of Queen Mary University of London.

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