First Glimpse of… Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse

Production images for the first London revival in a decade of John Patrick Shanley’s play have been released. 

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Jonathan Chambers and Stella Gonet (c)Paul Nicholas Dyke. 

“What do you do when you’re not sure?” So 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.

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Clare Latham and Jonathan Chambers. (c) Paul Nicholas Dyke. 

The production stars Stella Gonet as Sister Aloysius Beauvier in Ché Walker’s production playing at the Southwark Playhouse until the 30th September.

Talking about being in the production 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.”

Meanwhile, she is joined on stage by Clare Latham (Sister James), Jo Martin (Mrs Muller ) and Jonathan Chambers (Father Brendan Flynn).

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Jo Martin and Stella Gonet. (c) Paul Nicholas Dyke. 

The creative team for the production includes set and costume design by PJ McEvoy, lighting by Tim Lutkin and sound by Joshua Robins.

Doubt, A Parable has won four Tony awards including Best New Play. It was also named  Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards) as well as winning the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Meanwhile, the subsequent film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.

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Jonathan Chambers and Stella Gonet (c) Paul Nicholas Dyke. 

Doubt, A Parable plays at the Southwark Playhouse until the 30th September. For more information and to book tickets visit:



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