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Gillian Anderson, Lily James
All About Eve – Starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James
It's about time. All About Eve is one of those stories that, once seen, is never forgotten. It's subtle, clever, and timeless. Gillian Anderson is one of the most respected actresses of our time, star of the X Files and countless great TV, film and stage productions. Mix them together, add a brilliant dash of Lily James and you get a stage show you really won't want to miss.
Anderson plays Margo Channing, a respected Broadway star who, at 40, is secretly worried she's past her prime. Lily James plays the seemingly naïve fan Eve Harrington, an ambitious actress who insinuates herself into Channing's life. She might seem sweet and nice, but she's actually a monster, a woman who ultimately wrecks her idol's career, relationships and life.
The original movie gathered an extraordinary 14 Academy Award nominations and actually won six, including Best Picture. It remains the only movie to win four female actor nominations. In 1990 the film passed into the annals of history for good, chosen for preservation in the US National Film Registry and one of the first 50 registered.
Roll forward time to 1970 and All About Eve inspired the stage musical Applause, with a book by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, lyrics by Lee Adams, and music by Charles Strouse. The marvellous Lauren Bacall played Margo and grabbed a Tony for Best Musical. Broadway adored it.
Now it's back for 2019, still a classic, just as potent and powerful as ever. The West End premiere takes place in early February and the plot has been specially adapted for the stage by the splendidly clever Ivo van Hove, who also directs. The show tunes come from the brilliant PJ Harvey, who is no stranger to the stage, having already won an Ivor Novello, two Mercuries, 8 Brits and 7 Grammys. She also has an MBE for services to music. That's what we call quality!
Gillian Anderson made her stage debut on Broadway in 1991 as Evelyn in Alan Ayckbourn’s play, Absent Friends. Lily James made hers in 2011 as Taylor in Vernon God Little at the Young Vic. Monica Dolan, the superbly acerbic Tracey Pritchard in TV's W1A, plays Karen, Margo’s best friend. And wonderful Sheila Reid portrays Margo's maid Birdie.
Who is this show for?
This show is subtle and clever, a story designed for adults. If you're very young, you probably won't understand what's going on.
What to expect:Acting
Recommended for:Anyone (49%)
Reviewed on 09 May 2019 by Anastasia, London, United Kingdom
The integration of live video was very imaginative and well done. It gave the story more dimension, although it didn't enhance the dramatic impact of the story
Reviewed on 02 May 2019 by Christina, Berkeley, United States Of America
Reviewed on 01 May 2019 by Ciara, Horsell, Wokinig, United Kingdom
Worth every penny- clearly, cannot replicate movie but story made fresh by clever use of technology and videos / visual manipulation - the interrogation of ideas around self worth and aging are timeless. Finally, Ms G.A. was fantastic!
Reviewed on 30 April 2019 by Dario, London, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 27 April 2019 by Sarah, Worcester, United Kingdom
Excellent acting. All round gripping production.
Reviewed on 23 April 2019 by Patricia, London, United Kingdom
To be honest, no matter where you sit, it's still an amazing experience because the cast is so immensely talented. The intensity is palpable and you feel every ounce of Margo's anxiety and jealousy. It's an amazing watch.
Reviewed on 10 April 2019 by Stella, Southampton, United Kingdom
Compelling storyline and brilliant acting by Gillian Anderson and several other cast me members - but I thought Lily James was trying too hard. I also thought the music was almost inaudible - probably by design but that’s a shame. I loved how live video was woven into the scenes and overall really enjoyed it.
Reviewed on 10 April 2019 by Farah, London, United Kingdom
All the cast were phenomenal. it’s an honour to watch gillian and lily act together!! Margo channing is hilarious.
Reviewed on 06 April 2019 by Molly, Leicester, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 05 April 2019 by Andreea, Bucuresti, Romania
Reviewed on 03 April 2019 by Esther, Hertzliya, United Kingdom
There are people just like Eve, who will do anything and use the most vulnerable person to achieve Thier goal. Seemingly an ordinary story, becomes a deep psychology study of every I guess human being. Every- because I believe we all have the same problem what Margo had, but probably on a different level. It is a beautiful story about accepting yourself, with beautiful performances carrying the while performance. It is worth seeing! ( For me the reason I have decided to watch it was Gillian Anderson starring, and I would definitely see it again).
Reviewed on 29 March 2019 by Beata, Dunstable, United Kingdom
The acting was very good. The reviews have been brilliant. However I felt that the production failed to deliver that feeling of underlying menace, the fizzle of the cunning shiftiness unravelling.
Reviewed on 08 March 2019 by Michelle, Gosport, United Kingdom
We were sitting in the best spot to view all the details of the show intimately. The costumes and set were excellent and the use of the bathroom and dressing table mirrors was wonderful. I really enjoyed seeing the facial expressions so clearly as so much of this play was about what was not said but thought. Gillian Anderson was fabulous with her nerves tight as a knot about to undo. Lily James turned her character from sweet and innocent to the devil incarnate. The whole cast has a role to play in such a perfect production. I will definitely go again.
Reviewed on 04 March 2019 by Rosie, Sherborne, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 01 March 2019 by Dena, Finchingfield, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 26 February 2019 by Beate, Richmond, United Kingdom
What an absolutely brilliant play. Loved the use of the tv screens that helped the audience keep with the momentum of the production. Gillian Anderson stole the show
Reviewed on 21 February 2019 by Lorraine, Hemel Hempstead Herts, United Kingdom
Reviewed on 16 February 2019 by Wendy, South Luffenham, United Kingdom
A true classic. Suoerb, believable acting from start to finish. No break, which makes sense - so be prepared!
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Rosaleen, Billericay, United Kingdom
The performance was amazing becaue if the acting! A perfect Margo! Bravo
Reviewed on 14 February 2019 by Ana, London, United Kingdom
The main actresses were wonderful but the set design was terrible. I didn’t like the filming stuff, I came to see a play not a film! I also thought all the moving furniture around etc... was distracting. I’ve never seen a play where they spent more time physically setting up a scene than acting in it. And to make matters worse, the final result was terrible! It looked bad and didn’t make much sense. There’s this HUGE stage and its not being used.
Reviewed on 07 February 2019 by Tallulah, London, United Kingdom
Excellent show well acted by all the cast
Reviewed on 04 February 2019 by Jeannie, Edgware, United Kingdom
by Phil Willmott | Friday, February 15 2019, 12:16
A stage version of the classic movie ALL ABOUT EVE has just opened at the Noel Coward Theatre starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James.All About All About Eve
by Phil Willmott | Wednesday, May 3 2017, 10:21
I don’t recall another director influencing London and New York Theatre quite as powerfully as Ivo Van Hove has done in recent years.
Ever since he took the capital’s theatre scene by storm with his radical cut and paste amalgamation of Shakespeare’s Roman plays, recently revived at the Barbican, producers have clamoured to sign him up to bring his starkly staged expressionistic perspectives on classics, new writing and even the David Bowie musical Lazarus.Looking forward to star Cate Blanchett and director Ivan Van Hove teaming up for ALL ABOUT EVE