Burstyn, who will turn 78 in December, is to begin performances this January in the London production of Lillian Hellman's 1934 play, which is set in a New England boarding school.
Best known for her work in "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" and "The Exorcist," Burstyn is to play the grandmother of a pupil at the school in "The Children's Hour," the BBC said.
The play also is to co-star Carol Kane and Tobias Menzies.
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