Doubt can be a bond as powerful and sustaining as certainty.
Set in 1960s New York, Doubt is the gripping portrayal of the clash between two compelling characters.
School principal Sister Aloysius Beauvier is wedded to tradition and unafraid to fight for her beliefs, while the basketball-playing priest and teacher Father Brendan Flynn is liberal-minded and charismatic. As mutual suspicion mounts, their actions become an epic battle of wills from which no one will emerge unscathed; but where does the truth lie?
John Patrick Shanley’s celebrated 2005 play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play, and later became an Oscar-nominated film.
An inspired study in moral uncertainty with the compellingly certain structure of an old-fashioned detective drama - New York Times
That rarity of rarities, an issue-driven play that is unpreachy, thought-provoking and full of high drama - Wall Street Journal
A lean, potent drama… passionate, exquisite, important, and engrossing - Newsday
Monica Dolan makes her Chichester debut as Sister Aloysius. Her BAFTA and Olivier Award-winning stage and screen work includes TV’s W1A, Appropriate Adult, A Very English Scandal and Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads; recent theatre includes Talking Heads (Bridge Theatre), Appropriate (Donmar Warehouse), All About Eve (West End) and her own play The B*easts.
Sam Spruell also appears at Chichester for the first time as Father Flynn. He has starred in many films and TV series, most recently The North Water, Small Axe: Mangrove, Liar and Cold Blood. His theatre roles include Iago in Othello (Shakespeare’s Globe), Clybourne Park (Royal Court) and The Life of Galileo and The Alchemist (National Theatre).
Jessica Rhodes (Sister James) was nominated for The Stage Debut Award 2020 for the Best Performer in a Play and won the Off-West End Offie Award 2021 for Lead Performance in a Play for The Sugar Syndrome at the Orange Tree Theatre.
Rebecca Scrogg’s theatre credits include Ravens (Hampstead Theatre), Steel (Sheffield Crucible) and The Suicide (National Theatre), and on TV, Before We Die, Grace, Flack and Alex Rider.
Director Lia Williams was BAFTA-nominated for her short film The Stronger which won Best Short Film at Raindance; other directing credits include Ashes to Ashes as part of the Harold Pinter Season in the West End. She is also a multi award-winning actor.