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When a troubled teenager starts to spin a web of deceit, all around her are soon caught up in it. Karen Wright (Keira Knightley) and Martha Dobie (Elisabeth Moss) have worked for years to establish their all-girls boarding school, and now, with the school flourishing and Karen on the verge of marriage, their lives and loves finally appear secure. However, when malicious student Mary runs away from the school and seeks to avoid being sent back, she draws on hearsay, gossip, and her own imagination, to concoct a story that threatens the school, the marriage, and their entire futures.
Keira Knightley was last on stage in The Misanthrope directed by Thea Sharrock at the Comedy Theatre. Her many film credits include Never Let Me Go which opened the 2010 London Film Festival, Bend It Like Beckham, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, King Arthur, The Jacket, Pride and Prejudice, Domino, Silk, Atonement, The Edge of Love , The Duchess, Last Night, and the forthcoming London Boulevard and A Dangerous Method. Her television credits include the critically acclaimed remake of Doctor Zhivago, Oliver and Coming Home.
Elisabeth Moss, who will make her West End debut in The Children’s Hour, is best known for playing the role of Peggy Olson in the ongoing award-winning television series Mad Men, for which she has received both Emmy Award and SAG Award nominations, as well as for the role of Zoe Bartlett in The West Wing. Moss made her Broadway stage debut in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow in 2008. Her film credits include Get Him to the Greek, Did you Hear About the Morgans? and Girl, Interrupted, as well as the forthcoming On the Road and Darling Companion.
Ian Rickson most recently directed the critically acclaimed production of Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem starring Mark Rylance. He has also directed Butterworth’s The Winterling, The Night Heron, Mojo and Parlour Song. Rickson was Artistic Director of the Royal Court from 1998-2006 where his many productions included Krapp’s Last Tape which he also directed for BBC4, Fallout which he also directed as a film for Channel 4, The Weir and Mojo both of which transferred to the West End and Broadway and the critically acclaimed production of The Seagull which was transferred to Broadway. For the National Theatre he has directed The Hothouse and The Day I Stood Still. Rickson’s production of Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Mary Louise Parker, opened on Broadway in 2009.
Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour was first staged on Broadway in 1934 where the play ran for over 2 years. The London premiere took place at the Gate Theatre. In 1994 Howard Davies directed a production for the National Theatre was a cast including Clare Higgins, Harriet Walter and Emily Watson. Hellman’s play was released as a film in 1961 under the title The Loudest Whisper starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and James Garner, directed by William Wyler.
Running time2 hours 30 min. Performance times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm and Wednesday and Saturday at 2.30pm
Performance dates22 January to 30 April 2011
Venue InformationHarold Pinter TheatrePanton Street, London, SW1Y 4DN
LAST CHANCE TO SEE IAN RICKSON'S PRODUCTION OF LILLIAN HELLMAN'S THE CHILDREN'S HOUR
Ian Rickson’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour will complete its run at the Comedy Theatre on 7 May 2011 after two extensions to the West End run.
5 Apr, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY GETS ORGASMIC THEATRICAL EXPERIENCE!
Keira Knightley, who has just started previews of The Children's Hour at the Comedy Theatre (opening on the 9th February) spoke to Elle Magazine recently and claimed that the experience was far more exciting than making films.
3 Feb, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct
REHEARSAL IMAGES OF KEIRA KNIGHTLEY IN THE CHILDREN'S HOUR RELEASED
Keira Knightley, Ellen Burstyn, Elisabeth Moss & Carol Kane star in The Childrens Hour at London's Comedy theatre. New rehearsal images released
25 Jan, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct
THE CHILDREN'S HOUR EXTENDS BOOKING PERIOD
Ian Rickson’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour is now taking bookings at the Comedy Theatre until 30 April (and not 2 April as previously announced). The Children’s Hour first preview on 22 January and press night on 9 February 2011 remain as originally published.
5 Jan, 2011 | By London Theatre Direct
Ellen Burstyn to make West End debut in The Children's Hour
Oscar-winning actress Ellen Burstyn will perform opposite Keira Knightley in her London stage debut next year.
20 Nov, 2010 | By London Theatre Direct
BOOKING OPENS TODAY FOR THE CHILDREN'S HOUR STARING KEIRA KNIGHTLEY AND ELISABETH MOSS
Today, 5 November, tickets go on sale for Ian Rickson’s production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour starring the previously announced Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss. The Children’s Hour will have its first preview at the Comedy Theatre on 22 January 2011 with press night on 9 February and is booking until 2 April 2011. Further casting will be announced shortly.
The Children’s Hour will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions & Scott Landis.
5 Nov, 2010 | By London Theatre Direct
KEIRA KNIGHTLEY RETURNS TO THE WEST END
Ian Rickson will direct Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour due to open in the West End early next year. Actors' schedules, full casting, production information, and performance schedule will be announced shortly. Tickets for The Children’s Hour will be on sale soon.
22 Oct, 2010 | By London Theatre Direct