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Further casting announced for All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre

Julian Ovenden

Casting news

FURTHER casting has been announced for the world premiere of Ivo van Hove’s highly anticipated stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve, which runs at the Noël Coward Theatre from February 12 (previews from February 2) to May 11, 2019.

Joining previously announced Gillian Anderson, Lily James, Monica Dolan, Julian Ovenden (pictured), Sheila Reid and Rhashan Stone are Stanley Townsend (as erudite Broadway theatre critic Addison DeWitt), Ian Drysdale (Max Fabian), Tsion Habte (Phoebe), Charles Hagerty (Waiter), Grace Stone (Ensemble) and Philip Voyzey (Pianist).

Final casting will be announced in the New Year.

All About Eve is a razor-sharp, unsettling exposé of the eternal obsession at the heart of show-business. Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

Ian Drysdale’s numerous theatre credits include Network, Blood and Gifts (National Theatre), Henry V (Michael Grandage Company), Richard III, Twelfth Night (Shakespeare’s Globe), The Tempest (Theatre Royal Haymarket), Oedipus (Nottingham Playhouse/Liverpool Playhouse), Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Ivanov (Donmar Warehouse), On The Waterfront (Nottingham Playhouse) and Pilate, Sejanus: His Fall, Thomas More, Hamlet, Macbeth, Brand, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony & Cleopatra (RSC).

Drysdale has also appeared on screen in Deep State, Harlots, Doc Martin, Atlantis (Series 2), Suffragette, Southcliffe, Throwback, Fashion, The Verdict, Pulling, Time Gentleman Please, The South Bank Show, The Bill and The English Accent (TV); Tulip Fever, Time’s Up and Size Matters (film).

Tsion Habte’s theatre credits include Cuttin’ It at the Young Vic. Habte has also appeared on screen in Les Miserables, Flack and Liar (TV); Anemone and Night Out (film).

Grace Stone’s theatre work includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (This is My Theatre Company) and Sonnet walks (Guildford Shakespeare Company). All About Eve marks Stone’s West End debut. Her television credits include Death in Paradise (Series 6-8), Delicious, The Crown, Lucky Man, Doctors and Call the Midwife.

Stanley Townsend’s numerous theatre credits include Incantata (Galway International Arts Festival); Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse Theatre); Girl from the North Country (Old Vic), The Nether (Royal Court/Duke of York’s Theatre); Art (Wyndham’s Theatre); King Lear, Gethsemane, Remember This, Guys and Dolls, Phedre, Happy Now?, The Little Clay Cart (National Theatre); The Alice Trilogy, Shining City, Under the Blue Sky, The Weir, Tribes (Royal Court); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (West Yorkshire Playhouse); and The Plough and the Stars (Young Vic).

His screen work includes Finding Joy, The Spy, Traitors, Redwater, The Hollow Crown II, 24 Live Another Day, New Worlds, Toast, Ripper Street II, Fleming, Fresh Meat, Call the Midwife, Zen, Spooks, The Commander, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Sherlock and Jerusalem (TV); The Girl from Mogadishu, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, The Phyiscian, Killing Bono, Pizza Miracle, Water’s Rising, Hilde, In the Name of the Father, The Van and The Libertine (film).

Philip Voyzey’s theatre work includes Frankenstein, Twelfth Night (Barnfield Theatre, Exeter); Cinderella (Exeter Corn Exchange); La Bayadere, The Flames of Paris, Nabucco (Royal Opera House), Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Wind in the Willows, The Accidental Death of an Anarchist (UK Tour); and Hamlet (King’s Head Theatre). He has also appeared on television in Bloody Tales.

Charles Hagerty’s theatre credits include If/Then (Original Broadway Cast), Cliff in Cabaret (No 1 UK Tour); The Bodyguard (West End and Toronto); Grand Hotel (Southwark Playhouse); A Class Act (Landor Theatre); Wicked (US National Tour); Les Miserables (US National Tour); Jesus Christ Superstar (European Tour); Mame (Goodspeed Opera House); Aspects Of Love, Love Story, Miss Saigon (The Walnut Street Theatre); and Oklahoma (The New Theatre).

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