Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss team up under the direction of Ian Rickson for a new production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Theatre. It will be a brand new opportunity for London theatre audiences to pick up theatre tickets and witness two screen stars live onstage. It will also be an opportunity to return to the Comedy Theatre where Knightley previously made her West End debut in the acclaimed production of The Misanthrope, for which she was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award. With the story focusing on the troubles a young girl causes for a New England boarding school and a talented team working behind the scenes, it is certainly something to consider for those on London theatre breaks.
The Children’s Hour focuses on the lead characters portrayed by Knightley and Moss – Karen Wright and Martha Dobie – who have worked hard over time to set up and maintain a girls’ boarding school in 1930s New England. Their hard work comes under threat when Mary, a deeply troubled student, decides to use malicious means to ensure that she never has to return to the institution. So Karen and Martha watch in horror as Mary concocts a story that could jeopardise everything they have created.
Knightley is of course best known for her starring role in some acclaimed blockbuster movies, including the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, as well as British films like Atonement, Love Actually and Bend it Like Beckham. Moss, on the other hand, has made her name on the other side of the Atlantic, where the American actress has appeared in television shows such as Mad Men, The West Wing and Grey’s Anatomy, in addition to a Broadway production of Speed the Plow.
Directing the project is Ian Rickson, who has been behind a host of shows in London and has also directed for film and television. He previously directed the acclaimed production of Jerusalem at the Royal Court Theatre (and then the Apollo Theatre), which was nominated for a Laurence Olivier Award in 2010 (including a Best Director nod). His other credits include The Hothouse at The National Theatre and Fallout for Channel 4.
With Birdsong finishing its run at the Comedy Theatre in January, The Children’s Hour follows from Wednesday 9th February 2011 (previews from Saturday 22nd January 2011) to Saturday 2nd April 2011.
|Booking From:||Saturday, 22nd January 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 7th May 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2.30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7.30pm|
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