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Keira Knightley to Make Her West End Theater Debut in Misanthrope Production

Are You More Interested in Theater If a Big Name Is Involved?

Theater casting makes big news when a high-profile actor is involved, such as today's news that Keira Knightley is set to make her debut on London's West End in the play Misanthrope.

I'm well aware that Broadway and the West End don't need movie stars to boost the caliber of talent in their productions, but people do seem to sit up and take notice when a movie star decides to take an onstage role. Remember when Katie Holmes boosted the notoriety of Broadway's All My Sons?

When I'm buying tickets, I usually choose based on the title rather than the name attached, but every now and then I can't help myself (like when Sarah Jessica Parker hit Broadway in Once Upon a Mattress). What about you?

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bethiesny bethiesny 7 years
There are so many actors who end up on Broadway just because they are famous in Hollywood. What really drives me nuts is when they show the Tonys, it's full of people from CBS comedies - what?! I want to see Broadway performers, not Charlie Sheen and Ray Romano!
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i love to go see shows on broadway regardless if there's someone that's a celeb or not in the cast, however there are shows that i might go see only for the celeb if they are lesser known shows.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Hahaha Pierce Brosnan can not sing for anything! But if the actor is actually a good fit for the part, and they didn't just get it because they're famous, then I'd be interested in seeing the show. I guess I'd watch out for reviews first before buying tickets.
Akasha Akasha 7 years
I would be more likely to go to the theater if I could afford it. Some of the shows, starring big names or not are just way too expensive in this economy. I used to try go to the theater at least once a month when tickets were in the $50-$75 range, but $150-$275 is just insane. One of the things I like about now being in LA is that I can afford to go to the theater again. I may have missed Wicked with Idina and Kristen, but I still enjoyed it and I could afford to go to dinner afterwards too.
Masiel-Peguero Masiel-Peguero 7 years
I see all movies, if its good. for me dont matter the actors. I see the concept of the movie,
jhilly123 jhilly123 7 years
Agree with everyone else, but I like Keira, so hopefully she'll be really good. Do we know when she'll be in it? Starting now or in a few months? I'd go and see it if I could while I'm on my exchange next semester.
zeze zeze 7 years
It depends on the role and actor, if I like the actor and think they fit the role, sure, it would be the equivalent of seeing your favorite singer in concert! ...and agreed, Pierce Brosnan in Mamma Mia was horrible.
runningesq runningesq 7 years
I agree with nycscoop.
nycscoop nycscoop 7 years
I am a big fan of musicals and it always upsets me when they cast an actor because of name and not because of talent (think Pierce Brosnan in the movie version of Mamma Mia). There are so many talented stage actors that get bumped by less talented famous actors. That can totally ruin a show for me.
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