A certain revival at Southwark Playhouse for John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt

There is no evidence.There are no witnesses. But for one, there is no doubt.

John Patrick Shanley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt, A Parable is one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory, taking four Tony Awards, named Best Play by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle, Best New Play (Drama Desk Awards) and Outstanding Play (Lucille Lortel Awards).

Now it comes to London’s Southwark Playhouse this September in an explosive new production directed by Ché Walker.

The 2008 Hollywood film version, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received four Oscar and three BAFTA nominations.

Doubt, A Parable, which tells the story of a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student and his clash with a Catholic school head teacher, gets it’s first London revival in 10 years.

“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.”

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.

Doubt, A Parable runs at the Southwark Playhouse from September 6-30.

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