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Knightley set for West End return

The Pirates of the Caribbean star took to the stage last December (09) in an adaptation of the Moliere classic opposite Damian Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald.

Knightley’s performance was mauled by critics who branded her inexperienced and inadequate, with one harsh reviewer notably accusing the actress of having the “charisma of a serviceable goldfish”.

But the actress looks set to return to the same venue, The Comedy Theatre, next year (11) for a production of Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour opposite Mad Men star Elisabeth Moss.

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Knightley has reportedly told British newspaper the Daily Mail she is looking forward to making her stage comeback, branding the project “very exciting”.

The Children’s Hour is set in an all-girls boarding school and tells the story of an angry student who runs away and avoids being sent back by telling her family the two headmistresses are having a lesbian affair.

The story was made into a 1961 movie of the same name starring Audrey Hepburn and Shirley MacLaine.

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