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ELISABETH MOSS in The Children’s Hour

November 1, 2010 

As the world goes Mad Men mad, Elisabeth Moss is to make her West End debut

Elisabeth Moss in The Children's HourAMC’s 60’s-set drama Mad Men has proved nothing short of a TV phenomenon. And at its heart is the compelling relationship between ad man Don Draper and his protegee Peggy Olson.

Peggy is played by Elisabeth Moss, who will make her London theatre debut next year alongside Keira Knightley in a starry revival of Lillian Hellman’s controversial classic The Children’s Hour.

Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour, will see Moss and Knightley play two schoolmistresses who run a girl’s boarding school in the 1930s. When a disgruntled student accuses the teachers of having a lesbian affair, a series of dramatic events unfold that destroys both their lives.

Elisabeth Moss, 28, is no stranger to theatre having appeared in the 2008 Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow. However, like Knightley, it is for her movie and TV work that she is best known. She played President Bartlett’s daughter in The West Wing, and won plaudits in 2003 for her lead role in Virgin about a young girl who believes that she is carrying the child of God. She has also been nominated twice for Emmy awards for her role as Peggy in Mad Men.

Forthcoming projects include a big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On The Road alongside Amy Adams, Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund.

The last London production of The Children’s Hour was at the National Theatre in 1994 starring Clare Higgins and Harriet Walter. Movie director William Wyler produced two films based on the play, the first in 1936 which had to adapt the story into a heterosexual love triangle, and again in 1961 starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and James Garner.

The Children’s Hour will open at the end of January in the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman and Scott Landis and directed by ex-Royal Court artistic director Ian Rickson (Jerusalem).

Book tickets to The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Theatre in London

Mad Men’s Peggy to play West End

October 22, 2010 

The West End is jumping on the worldwide craze for AMC’s hit Sixties-set drama Mad Men.

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy in AMC's Mad Men

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy in AMC's Mad Men

Elisabeth Moss, who plays ambitious young copywriter Peggy Olson in the series, is set to join Keira Knightley in a revival of Lillian Hellman’s controversial classic The Children’s Hour.

Moss and Knightley will start rehearsals in London next month for the play, which will open at the end of January in the West End. Ex-Royal Court artistic director Ian Rickson will direct, following his huge hit with Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem in 2009.

Elisabeth Moss has performed on stage in the 2008 Broadway revival of David Mamet’s Speed The Plow. Keira Knightley will make a return to the West End after her success in The Misanthrope at the Comedy Theatre earlier this year.

Lillian Hellman’s 1934 play The Children’s Hour, will see Moss and Knightley play two schoolmistresses who run a girl’s boarding school in the 1930s. When a disgruntled student accuses the teachers of having a lesbian affair, a series of dramatic events unfold that destroys both their lives.

The last London production of The Children’s Hour was at the National Theatre in 1994 starring Clare Higgins and Harriet Walter. Movie director William Wyler produced two films based on the play, the first in 1936 which had to adapt the story into a heterosexual love triangle, and again in 1961 starring Audrey Hepburn, Shirley MacLaine and James Garner.

Ian Rickson told the Daily Mail yesterday that the play’s relevance for today is less about lesbianism than the culture of suing and litigation, “you go to any school and put your hand on a child’s arm and you’re reported”, he said.

It is predicted that the show, which is being produced by Sonia Friedman and Scott Landis, will transfer to Broadway following its West End run.

Book tickets to The Children’s Hour at the Comedy Theatre in London

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