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Stella Gonet to star in Doubt, A Parable at Southwark Playhouse

Stella Gonet

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

STELLA Gonet is to star as Sister Aloysius Beauvier in the first London revival in 10 years of John Patrick Shanley’s Doubt, A Parable, which runs at Southwark Playhouse from Wednesday, September 6 to Saturday, September 30, 2017.

On playing Sister Aloysius Beauvier, a conservative head nun and school principal who questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student, Gonet said:

“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 Gonet 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). She became a household name for her lead role in the BBC1 fashion drama The House of Elliott, which ran for three years and was watched by 12million people.

The cast of Doubt, A Parable also includes Clare Latham (as Sister James), Jo Martin (Mrs Muller ) and Jonathan Chambers (Father Brendan Flynn). Ché Walker directs.

Clare Latham’s numerous London theatre credits include Danny And The Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse – Off West End Award Nomination Best Female), the world premiere of Don’t Smoke In Bed and the UK premiere of Blue Surge (Finborough Theatre), the UK premiere of Tennessee Williams’ Green Eyes – The Hotel Plays (Defibrillator at The Grange Hotel), Juliet in Romeo & Juliet, The Talented Mr Ripley, Joan Of Arc, Mörder, Strindberg’s Apartment (The Faction Theatre Co), The Ones (Arts Theatre) and Intelligence (Arcola Theatre).

Latham’s New York theatre work includes Richard III (Orb Theatre), and directing and producing Been So Long by Ché Walker. She is a core ensemble member of The Faction Theatre Company.

Jonathan Chambers

Jo Martin’s theatre credits include Trade (Young Vic), The Rolling Stone (Orange Tree Theatre), The Westbridge (Royal Court), Everything Must Go (Soho Theatre), Family Man, Ready or Not, Funny Black Women on the Edge and Eldarado (Theatre Royal Stratford East), Frontline (Shakespeare’s Globe), Noughts and Crosses, Don Carlos and Oronooko (RSC) and Coyote on a Fence (Royal Exchange, Manchester/Duchess Theatre).

Martin’s screen credits include Johnathan Creek, Still Open all Hours, Together, EastEnders, Emmerdale, Hollyoaks, Casualty, Top Boy, Wizards vs. Aliens, Holby City and The Crouches (TV); NW, A Hundred Streets, Dragonfly, Chalet Girls, 4 3 2 1, Batman Begins and Jolly Boys Last Stand (film).

Jonathan Chambers’ theatre credits include Chigger Foot Boys (Tara Arts), Jeremy Corbyn, The Motorcycle Diaries (Waterloo East Theatre), Macbeth and The Lightning Child (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Atheist (St James Theatre Studio/Lion and Unicorn Theatre), Danny and the Deep Blue Sea (Southwark Playhouse), The Ballad of Benny Junior (Riverside Studios), The Legend of Bella Rosa (Tristan Bates Theatre) and Incendiary (Oval House). He has also appeared in the film Throw of a Dice.

Read more about Doubt, A Parable.

Images: Stella Gonet. Photo by Paul Nicholas Dyke (top); Jonathan Chambers (bottom).