Details have been confirmed for the upcoming West End production of All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre, which is set to star Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Directed by Ivo van Hove, All About Eve will be an adaptation of the classic 1950 film of the same name, which follows a highly-regarded acting star and a young fan. It will run at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2nd February to 11th May 2019, with tickets on sale from next Friday, 28th September. There will be an official opening night on 12th February. Bette Davis as Margo Channing
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Ivo van Hove will direct a new adaptation of All About Eve, the Academy Award-winning film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, starring actresses Gillian Anderson and Lily James. The show will be produced by Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions.
Mankiewicz directed the film 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.
Gillian Anderson is set to appear in the London production of All About Eve. Anderson is probably best-known for her starring role in the long-running US series The X Files as FBI special agent Dana Scully. Before X Files fame, she started her career on stage, appearing in plays like Alan Ayckbourn’s Absent Friends and Christopher Hampton’s The Philanthropist in the US. She made her London theatre debut in The Vagina Monologues at the turn of the millennium, and went on to appear in a number of subsequent London productions, such as What The Night Is For. The Sweetest Swing in Baseball and A Doll’s House. Her most recent stage triumph came at the Young Vic in 2014 when she starred in Benedict Andrews’ production of A Streetcar Named Desire, which went on to transfer to Broadway.
English actress Lily James is also set to star in All About Eve in London. James starred in a number of series of ITV period drama Downton Abbey as Lady Rose MacClare, before her breakthrough Hollywood role came in Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella. On stage, James made her West End debut as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet opposite Richard Madden in Kenneth Branagh’s year-long season at the Garrick Theatre.
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.
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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.