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.
Photo: Paul Nicholas Dyke
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
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.
77-85 Newington Causeway
London SE1 6BD
6 to 30 September 2017
From £26 (subject to availability)