Audience raves about Keira Knightley’s stage debut

The star gets a big thumbs up for her first performance in a West End production of The Misanthrope

Hollywood starlet Keira Knightley got a big thumbs up for her debut stage performance in a new production of The Misanthrope yesterday.

The show doesn’t officially open until next week, but an 800-strong audience was invited to see it early.

Critics have yet to review the play, but if audience reaction is anything to go by, we can definitely expect something good.

‘You never know what you are going to get when you go to a play starring a big movie star,’ said one theatre buff.

‘Theatre is so different and sometimes they get it wrong, but Keira was expressive and I think she really worked in the role.

‘People have obviously said before the performance that she would not do very well. Clearly she can handle all that pressure,and did a really good job on the night.’

The production, Keira’s first on-stage performance, took a staggering £1 million in ticket sales, in the first four days of box-office sales. Go Keira!

And the star has revealed she only signed up for the play because it made her laugh.

‘It made me giggle. That really was it. I’ve been sent things that were very serious, and then I read this and thought, ‘How lovely, that really might be fun,‘ she said in a recent interview.

‘I’d just been to see quite a few tragedies in the theatre. You get that numb-bum feeling, and I thought, ‘Ooh, I don’t want to be part of a numb-bum show‘.

Keira Knightley - Celebrity News - Marie ClaireKeira is just the latest in a string of stars to head off the screen and onto the stage. Sienna Miller, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and Rachel Weisz have all recently been treading the boards.

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