All About Eve
Ivo van Hove will direct a new adaptation of All About Eve, the Academy Award-winning film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring Australian actress Cate Blanchett. The show will be production by Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions.
All About Eve is about Margo Channing, one of Broadway’s biggest stars, but coming up to her forties, she’s worried her career will begin to fade. Eve Harrington, a young fan, is hired as Margo’s assistant and imposes herself on Margo’s life. She cares for Margo’s every need, seemingly anticipating them perfectly, but Margo’s trust wains, especially when she catches the assistant trying on her dress. Margo’s attempts to get rid of her assistant, but the young Eve ends up scoring the role as the actress’ understudy in her latest play instead.
Mankiewicz directed the play in 1950, which starred Bette Davis, Anne Baxter and George Sanders. It went on to win six Academy Awards from its 14 nominations, and is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations. It is highly regarded as one of the best classic American films ever made, among the first 50 films selected by the United States National Film Registry for preservation.
Cate Blanchett will star in the production, which is planned to run in a yet-to-be announced West End theatre. On screen, Blanchett I known for her Oscar-winning performances in the films Elizabeth and The Aviator. She has appeared in the West End in plays such as Plenty at the Albery Theatre and made her Broadway debut in 2017, winning a Tony Award for her turn in The Present.
Belgian director Ivo van Hove is known for his productions such as Roman Tragedies and Obsession at the Barbican Centre, David Bowie musical Lazarus and Network, starring Bryan Cranston at the National Theatre.
All About Eve is tipped to run in the West End in 2018.
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