Keira Knightley stars in The Children’s Hour in London

The Children’s Hour is Lillian Hellman’s visionary masterpiece about the power of a lie.

When a schoolgirl’s whisper spreads, it triggers a chain of events with extraordinary consequences. Karen Wright (Keira Knightley) and Martha Dobie (Elisabeth Moss) run a girls’ boarding school in 1930’s New England, where they become entangled in a devastating story of deceit, shame and courage. Banned in London and several cities across America, The Children’s Hour received its world premiere on Broadway in 1934. Generations on, its potent exploration of a culture of fear remains startlingly relevant.

The Children’s Hour at Comedy Theatre from 22 January to 2 April 2011.

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