Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse

Thursday 7 September 2017

London Fringe - New shows

Stella Gonet stars in the Pulitzer award winning play Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley, now playing at Southwark Playhouse until 30 September 2017 - tickets available from ActDrop.
Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse

Photo: Paul Nicholas Dyke

Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2005 and also earned a Tony Award for best play.

Directed by Ché Walker, this production is currently playing at Southwark Playhouse and is the play's first London revival in 10 years.

The play runs until 30 September, and you can buy tickets through ActDrop.

And look out for our review of the show - press night is on 8 September.

Update Saturday 9 September: our 5 star review is available here.

Playing Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest's ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, Stella Gonet said:

"I was so excited to read this play.

It is an amazing, page turning, perfectly paced thriller, with brilliantly written roles.

The chance to pull out the complex strands of Sister Aloysius and examine them, that certainty of hers, the shaking of that certainty, it's the sort of challenge you hope to get at least once in your career."

Stella is a hugely experienced stage and screen actress with many starring roles at the National Theatre (Skylight, Racing Demon and Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Daniel Day-Lewis), the RSC and West End (most recently she played Mrs Thatcher in the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged), who became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott, that ran three years and was watched by 12 million people.

Doubt has won 4 Tony Awards including Best Play and been named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics' Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards).

The 2008 film of the play starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.


"What do you do when you're not sure?" asks Father Flynn, the progressive and beloved priest at the St. Nicholas Church School in the Bronx, in his sermon.

It's 1964, and things are changing, to the chagrin of rigid principal Sister Aloysius.

However, when an unconscionable accusation is levelled against the Father, Sister Aloysius realises that the only way to get justice is to create it herself.

And as for the truth of the matter?

As Father Flynn says, "Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty."

In stunning prose, John Patrick Shanley delves into the murky shadows of moral certainty, his characters always balancing on the thin line between truth and consequences.

Doubt, A Parable is a potent drama that raises questions and answers none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.


Cast of Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse

Cast of Doubt, A Parable

Sister Aloysius - Stella Gonet

Mrs Muller - Jo Martin

Father Flynn - Jonathan Chambers

Sister James - Clare Latham


Director - Ché Walker

Set and Costume Designer - PJ McEvoy

Lighting Designer - Tim Lutkin

Sound Designer - Joshua Robins

Casting Director - Ellie Collyer-Bristow

Doubt, A Parable is produced by Making Productions & Graffiti Productions in association with MBL Productions and ProdUse Theatre.


The Large

Southwark Playhouse

77-85 Newington Causeway

London SE1 6BD


6 to 30 September 2017


From £26 (subject to availability)

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