Molloy, Delaney and Plunkett to Star in London Doubt

News   Molloy, Delaney and Plunkett to Star in London Doubt Casting has been announced for the British premiere of John Patrick Shanley's Pulitzer Prize-winning Doubt.

Directed by Nicolas Kent, the Tony-winning opus will begin previews at the Tricycle Theatre Nov. 22 with an official opening Nov. 26. The limited engagement will run through Jan. 12, 2008.

The cast will feature Dearbhla Molloy as Sister Aloysius, Nikki Amuka-Bird as Mrs. Muller, Padraic Delaney as Father Flynn and Marcella Plunkett as Sister James.

Doubt, according to press notes, "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 behaviour with the school's first black student, a verbal battle of wills begins and she instigates a relentless campaign to remove the priest."

Nikki Amuka-Bird received an Ian Charleson Award nomination for her performance in Twelfth Night. She has been seen at the RSC in A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Tempest and The Servant of Two Masters.

Padraic Delaney has appeared onstage in Hamlet and The Yalta Game and on screen in "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" and "The Tudors." Dearbhla Molloy has been seen on Broadway in Dancing at Lughnasa (Tony nomination) and A Touch of the Poet. Her U.K. credits include In Celebration, All My Sons and Pentecost. Molloy's screen credits include "Tara Road," "Sex and the City," "Stan" and "New Tricks."

Marcella Plunkett has been seen onstage in Exiles, Aristocrats and Phaedra and on screen in "Bachelors Walk" and "The Glass Slippers."

Winner of the 2005 Tony Award for Best Play, Doubt, directed on Broadway by Tony winner Doug Hughes, played 525 performances and 25 previews at the Walter Kerr Theatre before closing July 2, 2006. The play transferred to Broadway after a run Off-Broadway at Manhattan Theatre Club's City Center Stage I.

For more on the Tricycle's season visit www.tricycle.co.uk.

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