The Children's Hour

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BOX OFFICE: 0844 871 7622


£15 Day seats available

'A powerful night in the West End.
Keira Knightley rises to dramatic heights that are shattering in their intensity and deeply affecting. Elisabeth Moss is subtle and strong.
Ian Rickson's enthralling production. Compelling.'

Daily Telegraph

'The stars deliver in Ian Rickson's assured and beautiful production.
A blazingly hot ticket.'

Evening Standard


Sunday Express

'Excellent performances, the acting throughout is a pleasure.
Elisabeth Moss is outstanding.'

The Guardian

'Epic. Gripping.
Bryony Hannah - a star is born. A great evening of theatre. Remarkable.'

Daily Express

'ELLEN BURSTYN is magnificent'

Sunday Express

'CAROL KANE is funny and engaging'

Sunday Times


22 January - 30 April
Mon-Sat 7.30pm, Wed, Sat 2.30pm*


£60, £49.50, £45, £39, £35, £30, £25, £20, £15
Top Price seats for £15, available in person from the Box Office from 10am on the day of performance. Limited availability.
Premium Seats are also available, contact the Box Office.
Ticket price includes £1.50 restoration levy


Senior Citizens, Students, Unemployed
Mon-Thurs perfs
Best Available £40.
Available 7 days before a performance. Proof of eligibility will be required. Not available online.

Special Mid Week Matinee rate
£10 off top 2 prices for Groups of 10 plus and Senior Citizens, bookable in advance. For groups bookings call 0844 871 7644.

*There will be no Wednesday matinee on either 26 January or 9 February . There will be a matinee on Tuesday 8 February.

Running time: 2 hrs 30 minutes (including one interval)

The Children's Hour Cast

Evelyn MunnLisa Backwell
Helen BurtonIsabella Brazier-Jones
Mrs Amelia TilfordEllen Burstyn
JanetPoppy Carter
Lois FisherMarama Corlett
AgathaNancy Crane
Rosalie WellsAmy Dawson
CatherineIsabel Ellison
Mary TilfordBryony Hannah
Mrs Lily MortarCarol Kane
Karen WrightKeira Knightley
Dr Joseph CardinTobias Menzies
Martha DobieElisabeth Moss
A Grocery BoyNathan Nolan
Peggy RogersEve Ponsonby


Karen Wright/Martha DobieSamantha Coughlan
Amelia Tilford/Lily Mortar/AgathaKate Harper
Dr Joseph CardinNathan Nolan

Other roles covered by
members of the company

Author:Lillian Hellman
Director:Ian Rickson
Designer:MArk Thompson
Lighting:Neil Austin
Music:Stephen Warbeck
Sound:Paul Groothuis
Casting UK:Sam Jones
Casting US:Jim Carnahan CSA

Fresh from the theatrical triumph of Jerusalem, Ian Rickson directs an outstanding ensemble in Lillian Hellman's visionary masterpiece The Children's Hour.

Keira Knightley returns to the London stage alongside
Elisabeth Moss, Golden Globe nominee for TV's critically acclaimed Mad Men in her West End debut. One of the finest actors of our generation, Ellen Burstyn, 6-time Oscar nominee and winner for Best Actress (Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore), will also make her London debut. Joining this acclaimed cast is stage and screen star Carol Kane (Taxi) and Tobias Menzies (BBC's Rome).

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 1930s 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. Unmissable.