Doubt, A Parable, returns to London after ten years at Southwark Playhouse in 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 anunconscionable 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 answer none, leaving the audience to grapple with the discomfort of their uncertainties. There is no evidence. There are no witnesses. But for once, there is no doubt.
Doubt, A Parable by John Patrick Shanley is one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory. Winning four Tony Awards including Best Play, Doubt, A Parable also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The subsequent Hollywood film starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received four Oscar and three BAFTA nominations. It is directed by Che Walker.
Doubt, A Parable plays Southwark Playhouse from 6 – 30 September. For more information and to book tickets, please visit the website.