Tricycle Theatre Casts 'Doubt' West End Premiere
Nicolas Kent, the Tricycle Theatre's Artistic Director, will direct Dearbhla Molloy as Sister Aloysius, Nikki Amuka-Bird as Mrs Muller, Padraic Delaney as Father Flynn and Marcella Plunkett as Sister James in the British premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Doubt. Doubt will run from November 22 January 12, 2008. Designs are by John Gunter with lighting by Rachael McCutcheon.
"Doubt is set in 1964, the year after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, at a Bronx Catholic School where a strong-minded nun wrestles with her conscience in the face of concerns about one of the priests. Sister Aloysius reveals her initial doubts about the enigmatic Father Flynn to Sister James, an inexperienced but enthusiastic young nun. As her suspicions grow about his inappropriate behavior with the school's first black student, a verbal battle of wills begins and she instigates a relentless campaign to remove the priest," explain press notes.
Nikki Amuka-Bird's stage credits include most recently Twelfth Night at Bristol Old Vic for which she earned an Ian Charleson Award nomination and A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters for the RSC. Her screen credits include Anthony Minghella's forthcoming The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency and Torchwood, The Last Enemy and Whistleblower.
Padraic Delaney's stage credits include Hamlet at Cork Opera House and The Yalta Game at the Gate while his screen credits include playing Teddy in Ken Loach's new film The Wind that Shakes the Barley (winner of the Palm D'Or 2006) and the role of George Boleyn in the BBC's forthcoming drama The Tudors.
Dearbhla Molloy's stage credits include most recently In Celebration alongside Orlando Bloom at the Duke of York's Theatre, All My Sons for Liverpool Playhouse and Dancing at Lughnasa and A Touch of the Poet on Broadway. She also played Marian in Nicolas Kent's Tricycle production of Stewart Parker's Pentecost, later televised by BBC 2. Her other screen credits include Tara Road, Sex and the City, Stan and New Tricks. Dearbhla Molloy has won an array of awards including the Drama Desk Award, Theatre World Special Award, London Critics' Circle Award for Best Actress and nominations for a Tony, IFTA Best Actress and a Grammy.
John Patrick Shanley's credits as a writer for theatre include Psychopathia Sexualis, Missing/Kissing, Four Dogs and a Bone, The Big Funk, Italian-American Reconciliation, Women of Manhattan, Beggars in the House of Plenty and The Dreamer Examines. His film writing credits include Five Corners, which won a Special Jury Prize at the Barcelona Film Festival and Moonstruck for which he won both the Writers Guild Award and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. He is currently working on a screenplay version of Doubt for 2008.