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Keira Knightley to Play a Gay Teacher on London Stage?

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The actress will make her West End-debut in "The Children's Hour," which, if successful, could move to Broadway

Keira Knightley is set to make her West End debut.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star will appear in The Children's Hour in London early next year, the New York Post reports. She'll play a teacher who is suspected of being a lesbian after one of her students spreads rumors about her relationship with another instructor at the girls' boarding school in which she works.

If the show is successful across the pond, it'll likely open on Broadway next winter. See more photos of Knightley at the BFI London Film Festival earlier this month.

The play was written in 1934. It was banned in Boston, but opened in Paris to successful reviews. It premiered in Broadway in 1936.

The Post says Rosie O'Donnell may play the woman with whom Knightley is suspected of having a relationship.

The revival will be directed by Ian Rickson, who also helmed the return of The Seagull on Broadway several years ago.