With baby Edie at home with her daddy, James Righton, Keira Knightley made her return to the spotlight on Thursday (Sept. 10) to attend Roundabout Theatre’s special 50th anniversary celebration in New York.
Dressed in a simple black pleated dress, Keira attended the bash as a featured cast member in the theatre’s upcoming season. The 30-year-old star will make her Broadway debut playing the titular character in a new adaptation of the dramatic play Thérèse Raquin. The English rose hopes to build on the prestigious stage reputation she garnered in London, thanks to roles in The Misanthrope and The Children’s Hour. Joining Keira at the event were her Broadway co-stars, actor Matt Ryan (Constantine) and Hollywood veteran actress Judith Light.
Thérèse Raquin is based on the novel by French writer Emile Zola, and tells the story of a young woman trapped in an unhappy marriage to her first cousin. To escape her misery she has a passionate affair with one of her husband’s close friends.
The Everest star is taking a break from films to concentrate on her new stage role and, more importantly, being a mom to her four-month-old daughter. “The love is astonishing,” says Keira, who recently opened up about the joys of motherhood to Elle magazine. “It’s a primal, primal love.”
It seems Keira is happy to be an at-home mom at the moment, even skipping the Everest premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Her handsome co-star Jake Gyllenhaal supported the flick in Italy before jetting over to Canada to attend the Toronto International Film Festival (and spill the beans on his beef with KFC!).