Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane Join Cast of West End's Children's Hour
By Mark Shenton
Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane have joined the previously announced Keira Knightley and Elisabeth Moss in Ian Rickson's new West End production of Lillian Hellman's The Children's Hour, which will begin performances Jan. 22, 2011, at the Comedy Theatre, prior to an official opening Feb. 9, for a run through April 2.
Also in the cast will be Nancy Crane, Amy Dawson, Isabel Ellison, Bryony Hannah and Tobias Menzies, with final casting still to be announced.
Burstyn, who will play Amelia Tilford, is an Academy, Tony and BAFTA Award-winning actress. Nominated six times for an Oscar for her roles in "The Last Picture Show," "The Exorcist," "Same Time Next Year," "Resurrection" and "Requiem for a Dream," she won both Oscar and BAFTA Awards for her role in Martin Scorsese's "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore." Other recent film credits include Olivier Stone's "W.," Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain" and Neil LaBute's remake of "The Wicker Man." Theatre credits include Same Time Next Year on Broadway, for which she won a Tony Award, 84 Charing Cross Road, Shirley Valentine and Long Day's Journey Into Night, as well as Philip Seymour Hoffman's production of The Little Flower of East Orange for the Public Theater and LAByrinth Theater Company. Burstyn's TV credits include the title role in "The People vs. Jean Harris" and "Pack of Lies"; she was Emmy-nominated for both.
Kane, who will play Lily Mortar, is best known on television for playing Simka Dahblitz-Gravas, wife of Latka Gravas, in the sitcom "Taxi," for which she won two Emmy awards. Her other television credits include regular roles in the American sitcoms "All is Forgiven" and "American Dreamer" as well as guest appearances in "Chicago Hope," "Seinfeld" and "Ugly Betty." Film roles include Gitl in "Hester Street," for which she was Academy Award-nominated, Allison Portchnik in Woody Allen's "Annie Hall," "Dog Day Afternoon," "The Princess Bride," "Scrooged," "Addams Family Values," "The Pacifier" and "My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend." She began her professional theatre career in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and has more recently played Madam Morrible in Wicked on Broadway, on tour in the US and in Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Earlier this year she was seen Off-Broadway in Nora and Delia Ephron's Love, Loss and What I Wore.
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