Review Round Up: Doubt, A Parable – Southwark Playhouse

John Patrick Shanley’s play is being revived at the Southwark Playhouse, directed by Ché Walker. Here is what critics have been saying about it: 

DOUBT 1 Stella Gonet Photo 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.”

The Independent: **** “A timely revival, tautly directed.”

WhatsOnStage: *** “it’s a clever choice for Southwark Playhouse. Its claustrophobic setting suits the limitations of the space with PJ McEvoy’s decorated cruciform platform in the centre of the acting area providing an ecclesiastical mood without overwhelming the actors.”

British **** “The 90-minute run offers a breathless battle of wit and conviction between Flynn and Aloysius, tautly directed by Ché Walker.”

The Times: **** “The cast is very strong, with several particularly outstanding performances, and after a slightly humdrum start, this play grips.”

Broadway World: **** “With a cathartic and significant production, Doubt, A Parable returns to the stage in well-calculated richness. ”

The Stage: *** ” elevated by a performance of radiance and grace from Clare Latham as Sister James.”

Theatre Cat: “Che Walker’s production is often breath-holdingly tense”

London Theatre1: **** “A personal and powerful play, with plenty of food for thought, it’s ninety-minute running time felt more like nineteen.”

The Reviews Hub: *** 1/2 “The cast under Chè Walker’s economic direction is adept at representing this paranoia, but for a play about doubt, there is too much certainty in this production.”

Everything Theatre: **** “Full of talent, full of life and full of doubt. Bravo!”

British Theatre Guide: “this gripping play provides an opportunity to witness theatre at its best and will fully justify a trip to Southwark.”

The Upcoming: **** “Walker has created a tense atmosphere, where nobody can be certain about anything.”

Stage Review: ***** “This remarkable production deserves to be seen by a bigger audience and I have faith that it will transfer.”

Time Out: *** “there are powerful moments but you wish more of this slightly rushed-feeling production went in the same direction.”

Theatre Bubble: *** “Ché Walker directs with increasing pace – while the start of the play feels lumbering, later the scenes are taut, little time is left to allow the tension to dissipate.”

Pocketsize Theatre: **** “With its solid production values and excellent cast, this Southwark Playhouse production definitely deserves the standing ovation given by the audience on press night.”

There Ought to be Clowns: “Ché Walker’s production makes atmospheric use of PJ McEvoy’s in-the-round design but never flows.”

Culture By Night: “a production with near-flawless execution.”

Live Theatre UK: **** “As the title suggests, it is indeed a parable that gives all of us food for thought and reflection.”

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




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