Two London Shows Extend Their Stays for a Week
There has been an abundance of shows extended in the capital recently, mainly musical theatre productions such as The Lion King and others, and now two plays can be added to the list. The Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss-starring “The Children’s Hour” is one of them, adding another week to its run at the Comedy Theatre so that it is now booking into May, whilst the other is the Joseph Drake - starring “Vernon God Little” at The Young Vic.
It is the second extension that “The Children’s Hour” has been granted since it was announced last year, with the previous four-week extension announced just prior to the show’s start date. Producers had clearly been quite confident of the show’s popularity, with Hollywood actress Keira Knightley returning to a London theatre stage following her Laurence Olivier-nominated turn in “The Misanthrope” last year. The new extension will likely be on the back of positive press concerning the production, which opened its doors at the end of January.
The show tells the story of Karen Wright and Martha Dobie – two boarding school owners who have worked hard to set up the institution in 1930s New England – and the trouble caused by a malicious student. Troubled youngster Mary hates the school and never wants to return, deciding that she is willing to go to great lengths to make sure this is the case. So she tells a story that she knows will set her free, but also put Karen and Martha’s project into jeopardy. It is a story of deception and great courage in the face of difficult times.
The Children’s Hour is now booking at the Comedy Theatre until Saturday 7th May 2011.
“Venon God Little” opened at the Young Vic earlier this month, with Joseph Drake in a starring role and Rufus Norris the director. It tells the story of Vernon, who is a small town boy in Texas recovering from the suicide of his friend Jesus Navarro and his preceding murder of sixteen classmates. Vernon is under suspicion and as a result it is some time before Vernon can hope to return to any form of normality.
Vernon God Little is now booking at the Young Vic until Saturday 12th March 2011.