DOUBT, A PARABLE
by JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY
DOUBT, A Parable is one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory and was performed at the ‘Southwark Playhouse’ London in the Large theatre space 6 – 30 September 2017.
Winning 4 Tony Awards including Best Play, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards). Doubt, A Parable won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
The subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received 4 Oscar and 3 BAFTA nominations.
Now Doubt, A Parable , in which a Catholic school principal questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, is to get it’s first London revival in 10 years at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday 6 September to Saturday 30 September.
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. Doubt, A Parable is an exquisite, potent drama that raises questions and answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties.
PRESS & REVIEWS
★★★★★ Stage Review
★★★★★ Art Drop
★★★★★ Remote Goat
★★★★★ The Gay UK
★★★★ The Independant
★★★★ The Times
★★★★ Theatre Cat
★★★★ Broadway World
★★★★ The Upcoming
★★★★ Female Arts
★★★★ The Spy In The Stalls
★★★★ British Theatre
★★★★ Everything Theatre
★★★★ London Theatre 1
★★★★ Pocket Sized Theatre
★★★★ Live Theatre UK
“A breathlessly tense production. A timely revival, tautly directed. Recommended” – The Independent
“This strong production, directed by Ché Walker, strips the play back to its basics & is riveting” – The Times
“It feels timely, uncomfortable, and riveting: a worthy revival… Che Walker’s production is often breath-holdingly tense” – Theatre Cat
“Thrillingly provocative” – Time Out
“John Patrick Shanley’s searing dialogue, delivered by an outstanding cast, packs a powerful punch – It would be a mortal sin to miss it!” – Stage Review
“John Patrick Shanley’s unnerving play is a totally riveting and unmissable tour de force” – Art Drop
“Ché Walker wonderfully directs, with high clarity… An exceptional evening in the theatre” – Remote Goat
“Thrillingly chilling… unmissable… Full of talent, full of life and full of doubt. Bravo!” – Everything Theatre
“With a cathartic and significant production, Doubt, A Parable returns to the stage in well-calculated richness” – Broadway World
“Director Che Walker has created a tense atmosphere, where nobody can be certain about anything” – The Upcoming
“This is a rarity: an entertaining & rousing play that’s also intelligent & thought provoking. Go see it” – The Gay UK
“This gripping play provides an opportunity to witness theatre at its best.” – British Theatre Guide