Comedy Theatre unveils nightly Knightley appearance in controversial drama The Children's Hour

Posted: 8th November 2010

If you see the title "The Children's Hour" and think 'Puff the Magic Dragon' or 'Nellie the Elephant', think again, because this "Children's Hour" is very different from the youngsters' BBC radio-programme broadcast during the middle of the last century.

The story concerns two women, played by Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss who build an exclusive girls-only boarding school in New England from scratch, but are faced with investigation and scandal when a runaway disruptive pupil decides to blow the whistle on the two female teachers' alleged sexual affair. Gossip increases and so do the accusations from a judgemental local community and all because of one rumour and lie.

The play written by Lillian Hellman was quite controversial back in its 30s heyday - now the London Comedy Theatre is set to revive this still-relevant story to West End audiences. The production will run for just over 2 months early next year, from 22nd January to 2nd April and tickets are now available priced from £25 to £60.

Demand is already high, surely due in part the inclusion of Atonement and Pirates of the Caribbean star Keira Knightley and West Wing actress Elisabeth Moss.

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