Bette Davis brought in an award-winning performance for the 1950 film. Now we can marvel at Gillian Anderson (who did so award-winningly well in Streetcar named Desire) shine on the stage in this production. Must see theatre!
“An acting masterclass from Gillian Anderson.”
“This is event theatre done with tremendous panache.”
All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing. Legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve … don’t you …?
Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
All About Eve is about women behaving badly – very badly in the case of Eve and Margot. Driven by ambition in the case of Eve, and insecurity, terror and monumental ego in the case of Margot, this is a story of female manipulation and betrayal. Van Hove has reproduced the film according to the script, while adding his usual bells and whistles technology to remind us how celebrities forfeit their privacy, and to let us in on intimate moments.
UK 2019, 149 min, rated PG (violence)
Directed by Ivo van Hove
Starring Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Stanley Townsend, Rhashan Stone, Monica Dolan, Julian Ovenden & Sheila Reid