Booking from: Monday, 15 January 2018
Booking until: Friday, 31 August 2018
Starring: Cate Blanchett
Bitchy doesn't cover it. Margo Channing is an awful woman, an ageing Broadway star whose temper and temperament are deeply unpleasant. It's going to be such fun seeing the marvellous Cate Blanchett take on Margo's role in this fabulous revival, especially with Ivo van Hove directing. What a combination! Welcome to All About Eve.
Cate Blanchett sets the place alight wherever she goes, whatever she does. This is predicted to be no exception, a fabulous piece of theatre that plays homage to Bette Davis, the Hollywood star who made such a huge success of the original 1950 movie, which won 6 Academy Awards and was nominated for fourteen. The producers are from Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions, and the anticipation is already mounting.
Aussie actress Blanchett is one of Hollywood’s biggest success stories. She's about to star in Ocean's Eight, the latest in the 'Oceans' movie series. She has already won a brace of Academy Awards and enjoyed an impressive seven Oscar nominations. She's a genuine legend. It'll be amazing to see her live on the West End stage. And the plot is a beauty, packed with wit and vitriol. As Bette Davis famously says in the movie, “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
The original film was inspired by a short story called 'The Wisdom of Eve'. Anne Baxter played the aspiring actress Eve Harrington and Marilyn Monroe enjoyed a small but significant role. The story goes like this: Eve Harrington is desperate for fame, so hangs her hat on Channing, hoping for a leg-up. Channing soon regrets taking the talented young actress under her wing as her friendships fall apart, her career is threatened and the women's relationship spirals into hatred.
As you can imagine, Blanchett is predicted to be electrifying in the role as Margo. It's yet another adventurous role for her, and another chance to make a unique impact for Ivo van Hove, a theatre wunderkind who is utterly fearless in his choices. When two rebels like them collaborate, remarkable things happen. We can't wait! If it's anywhere near as good as Obsession, which has wowed audiences at the Barbican, it'll be an epic experience.