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Gillian Anderson and Lily James to star in Ivo van Hove’s All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre

All About Eve - Gillian Anderson and Lily James (c) Perou

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

SONIA Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions have announced the world premiere of Ivo van Hove’s highly anticipated stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve.

Starring Gillian Anderson (as Margo) and Lily James (Eve), it will run at the Noël Coward Theatre for 14 weeks from February 12 (previews from February 2) to May 11, 2019.

The cast will also include Monica Dolan as Karen, Sheila Reid as Birdie and Rhashan Stone as Lloyd, with further casting to be announced.

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…?

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.

The much acclaimed film, based on Mary Orr’s original play The Wisdom of Eve, remains the only film to receive four female acting nominations.

Gillian Anderson is an award-winning film, television and theatre actress who won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors’ Guild awards for her role as ‘Special Agent Dana Scully’ in the TV series The X-Files. Her other television credits include the critically acclaimed Bleak House, the BAFTA-winning mini-series Great Expectations, the BAFTA-nominated thriller The Fall, Hannibal, American Gods and the acclaimed mini-series War & Peace. In 2019, she will play Jean in Netflix’s 8-parter, Sex Education.

On stage, Anderson performed at the Young Vic Theatre as Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which relocated to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York and for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award and won Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards. Her other UK theatre credits include What The Night Is For (Harold Pinter Theatre); The Sweetest Swing In Baseball (Royal Court Theatre) and A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse) in 2009 for which she earned her first Olivier nomination.

Lily James’ stage work includes playing Juliet in Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet at the Garrick Theatre as well as Vernon God Little (Young Vic Theatre) directed by Rufus Norris, and Desdemona in Daniel Evans’ stage production of Othello (The Crucible, Sheffield).

Her most notable TV credits include Lady Rose in Golden Globe and BAFTA winning period drama Downton Abbey and Natasha Rostova in War & Peace. Her breakout film role was the iconic ‘Cinderella’ in Disney’s award-winning worldwide hit adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh. She was most recently seen playing playing Young Donna in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! alongside Meryl Streep.

Monica Dolan is a BAFTA award-winning actress whose work spans stage, television and film. Highlights include Rosemary West in Appropriate Adultfor which she won a BAFTA, Janet in Witness for the Prosecution and Tracey Pritchard in W1A. Most recently, she was seen as Peggy O’Dowd in Vanity Fair and Marion in A Very English Scandal opposite Hugh Grant.

For stage, Dolan appeared in self-penned B*EASTS (Bush Theatre), Plaques & Tangles, The Twits, Birth of a Nation (Royal Court), King Lear, The Seagull (Royal Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Out of Joint), She Stoops to Conquer, A Laughing Matter (Royal National Theatre/Out of Joint) and The Walls (Royal National Theatre).

Sheila Reid is probably best known on TV as Madge in the comedy series Benidorm. Her other television includes Call The Midwife Christmas special 2014, three series of Doctor Who, Father Brown, Humans III and Psychobitches. She was most recently scene in Murder on The Blackpool Express, and has just wrapped on its sequel, Death On Tyne.

Reid spent seven years in Laurence Olivier’s first permanent company at the Old Vic Theatre, playing, amongst many parts, Bianca in his Othello and Natasha in The Three Sisters – both subsequently filmed. She is a founder member of the Actors Company and spent two seasons with the RSC; notably as the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Putana in ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Queen Margaret in Richard III. She received an Olivier Award-nomination for her performance in When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout at the Whitehall Theatre.

Rhashan Stone has appeared on stage in The Strange Death of John Doe and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism (Hampstead Theatre); Our Town (Almeida Theatre); Love and Information and Clubland (Royal Court Theatre); Southwark Fair, The Red Balloon, Sweeney Todd (all National Theatre). He has regularly performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

Ivo van Hove has been director of Toneelgroep Amsterdam since 2001. His theatre credits include the upcoming theatrical adaptation of Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life (International Theatre, Amsterdam); Network (The Cort Theatre, Broadway); Network and Hedda Gabler (National Theatre); A View from the Bridge (Young Vic/Wyndham Theatre/Lyceum Theatre, Broadway); The Crucible (Walter Kerr Theatre, Broadway); Lazarus (King’s Cross Theatre/New York Theatre Workshop, Broadway); and Visconti’s The Damned (La Comédie-Française, Paris/The Park Avenue Armory, New York).

He has received two Olivier Awards and two Tony Awards for A View from the Bridge; and two Obie Awards for More Stately Mansions and Hedda Gabler. In addition, he is also Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and King Filip of Belgium awarded him Commander of the Order of the Crown.

Adapted and directed by Ivo van Hove, All About Eve will have set and lighting design by Jan Versweyveld, costume design by An D’Huys, and music from double Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey, alongside Tom Gibbons’ sound design. Casting is by Julia Horan CDG.

Image: Gillian Anderson and Lily James © Perou.

Tickets (from £15) will go onsale from 10am on September 28, 2018 with presale from 10am on Wednesday, September 26. To book, call 0844 482 5140 (0844 482 5100 for Group Bookings and 0844 482 5165 for Access Bookings) or visit allabouteveplay.com/.

Times: Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm. Thursday and Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm.

Captioned performance: March 12, 2019.

Audio Described performance: March 19, 2019.

Also at the Noël Coward Theatre: The Inheritance with a large ensemble cast that includes Vanessa Redgrave (September 21, 2018 to January 19, 2019).