Why See All About Eve?
Lily James and Gillian Anderson
In the immortal words of Bette Davis, "Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy night". The iconic movie that saw both Davis and Anne Baxter compete for an Oscar is finally being made into a stage play. Directed by Ivo van Hove, All About Eve will star Gillian Anderson as the Margo Channing, alongside Lily James as interloper Eve.
IS she all that she seems?
The original Single White Female, All About Eve follows the story of beloved 1940s Broadway star Margot Channing, whose glittering success both on the stage and in her personal life are threatened by the appearance of the youthful superfan and new assitant, Eve.
What begins as adoration soon turns to a dangerous obsession as Eve insinuates herself into every aspect of Margot's life. Increasingly isolated and paranoid of her new shadow, Margot finds herself sprawling into madness as Eve's scheming begins its final, horrifying stage.
In addition to Gillian Anderson as Margo and Lily James as Eve, this compelling new production is also set to star Julian Ovenden, Sheila Reid, Monica Dolan, and Rhashan Stone with music from none other than PJ Harvey!
DID YOU KNOW?
The movie is notable for the two lead actresses and two supporting actresses going head to head for the respective 1951 Academy Awards; Bette Davis and Anne Baxter for Best Actress, whilst Celeste Holm contented with Thelma Ritter, who played the canny maid. None of these four won the Oscar, however George Sanders won the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role as the sly columnist Addison DeWitt. The movie was nominated for a staggering 14 awards, winning six.
Opening night: 2 February 2019
Suitable for ages 10+
Cast and Creative
Lily James will star as Eve Harrington
Gillian Anderson as Margo Channing
Julian Ovenden as Bill
Monica Dolan as Karen
Sheila Reid as Birdie
Rhashan Stone as Lloyd
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Music by PJ Harvey
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