Stella Gonet to star in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt at Southwark Playhouse

Stella Gonet in Doubt. Image Paul Nicholas Dyke.
Stella Gonet in Doubt. Image Paul Nicholas Dyke.

“This role is the sort of challenge you hope to get at least once in your career”

Stella Gonet is to star in John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable at London’s Southwark Playhouse this September. It is, arguably, one of the most acclaimed plays in recent memory.

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.

Gonet plays Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Said Stella: “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.”

Stella is a hugely experienced stage and screen actress with many starring roles at the National Theatre (Skylight, Racing Demon and Ophelia in Hamlet opposite Daniel Day-Lewis), the RSC and West End.

Most recently she played Mrs Thatcher in the Olivier Award-winning Handbagged and became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott.

“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.

Doubt has won four 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).

The book won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the subsequent Hollywood film, starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis, received four Oscar and three BAFTA nominations.

Cast: Stella Gonet; Clare Latham (theatre includes Danny And The Deep Blue Sea, Romeo & Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley and Joan Of Arc); Jo Martin (theatre credits include: Trade, The Westbridge, Everything Must Go, Don Carlos and Oronooko) and Jonathan Chambers (The Motorcycle Diaries, Macbeth, The Lightning Child and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea).

Doubt, A Parable, directed by Ché Walker, is to get it’s first London revival in 10 years at Southwark Playhouse from September 6 – 30.

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