Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions have today announced the full casting for the world premiere of Ivo van Hove’s highly anticipated stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve as rehearsals commence.
Jessie Mei Li will play the role of Claudia Casswell with Merric Boyd, Fejiro Emasiobi, Chanelle Modi, Stuart Nunn, Phillipa Peak and Michael Warburton joining the Ensemble. Performances run from 2nd February at the West End’s Noël Coward Theatre.
Previously announced, Emmy Award-winning Gillian Anderson will return to the stage alongside Lily James to lead the cast. BAFTA Award-winner Monica Dolan will play the role of Karen alongside Ian Drysdale as Max Fabian, Tsion Habte as Phoebe, Julian Ovenden as Bill, Sheila Reid as Birdie, Rhashan Stone as Lloyd and Stanley Townsend as Addison DeWitt. Charles Hagerty, Grace Stone and Philip Voyzey will also appear as Ensemble cast.
Ivo van Hove’s direction will be accompanied by set and lighting design from 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.
“Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
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…?
Ivo van Hove directs Gillian Anderson and Lily James in his new adaptation of All About Eve, 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.
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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 further television credits include critically acclaimed Bleak House (BBC), BAFTA-winning mini-series Great Expectations (BBC), BAFTA-nominated thriller The Fall (BBC), Hannibal (NBC), American Gods (Starz) and the acclaimed mini-series War & Peace (BBC). In 2019 she will play Jean in Netflix’s 8-parter, Sex Education (Netflix).
On stage, Gillian 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.
Other UK theatre credits include What The Night Is For (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.
Gillian’s film credits include The House of Mirth (Granada Productions); The Mighty Celt (BBC Films); The Last King of Scotland (Film 4); Johnny English Reborn (Universal); Shadow Dancer (Paramount); Sold (2016); Viceroy’s House (20th Century Fox) and Crooked House (Sony). Gillian’s latest films have been The Spy Who Dumped Me (Lionsgate) and The Sunlit Night which will be released in 2019.
Lily James graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. Her breakout film role was the iconic ‘Cinderella’ in Disney’s award-winning worldwide hit adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh.
Lily was most recently seen in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (Universal) alongside Meryl Streep, playing ‘Young Donna’. She also appeared in The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (Studio Canal). Lily’s further film credits include ‘Elizabeth Nel’ in Darkest Hour (Working Title) opposite Gary Oldman, and ‘Debora’ in Baby Driver (Working Title) alongside Jamie Foxx and Jon Hamm.
Lily’s most notable TV credits include ‘Lady Rose’ in Golden Globe and BAFTA winning period drama Downton Abbey (ITV), and ‘Natasha Rostova’ in the much-heralded War & Peace (BBC).
For stage, Lily played ‘Juliet’ in Kenneth Branagh’s acclaimed Romeo and Juliet (Garrick Theatre).
Further theatre credits include Vernon God Little (Young Vic Theatre) directed by Rufus Norris, and ‘Desdemona’ in Daniel Evans’ stage production of Othello (The Crucible, Sheffield).
Monica Dolan is a BAFTA award-winning actress whose work spans stage, television and film. Highlights include Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult (ITV) for which she won a BAFTA, Janet in Witness for the Prosecution (Mammoth Screen), and Tracey Pritchard in W1A (BBC).
Most recently Monica has been seen as Peggy O’Dowd in Vanity Fair (ITV), and Marion in A Very English Scandal (BBC) opposite Hugh Grant.
Further TV credits include Inside No. 9 (BBC), The Casual Vacancy (BBC/HBO), Wolf Hall (BBC), and Call the Midwife (BBC).
For stage, Monica appeared in self-penned B*EASTS (Bush Theatre), Plaques & Tangles, The Twits, Birth of a Nation (Royal Court), King Lear, 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).
Ian Drysdale’s 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), Rough Crossing (Headlong), Pilate, Sejanus: His Fall, Thomas More, Hamlet, Macbeth, Brand, Much Ado About Nothing, Antony & Cleopatra (RSC), Treasure Island (Tobacco Factory), Tear From A Glass Eye (The Gate/RNT Studio), Idee Fixe, The Beaux’ Stratagem (Bristol Old Vic), Blue Remembered Hills (Edinburgh Festival), Deathtrap (Northern Lights).
Television includes: Deep State, Harlots, Doc Martin, Atlantis (Series 2), Suffragette, Southcliffe, Throwback, Fashion, The Verdict, Pulling, Time Gentleman Please, South Bank Show, The Bill, The English Accent.
Film includes: Tulip Fever, Time’s Up, Size Matters.
Tsion Habte’s theatre credits include Cuttin’ It (Young Vic).
Television includes: Les Miserables, Flack, Liar.
Film includes: Anemone, Night Out.
Jessie Mei Li trained with the National Youth Theatre and was recently in ITV1’s Strangers. This is her professional stage debut.
Julian Ovenden is widely recognised for his role as Charles Blake in season five of Downton Abbey (ITV). Further television work includes The Crown (Netflix); Knightfall (A+E Studios); Major Crimes (Warner Bros. Television); Death in Paradise (BBC) and Person of Interest (CBS/Warner Bros). His extensive theatre credits include The Treatment (Almeida Theatre); My Night With Reg (Apollo Theatre/Donmar Warehouse); Showboat (New York Philharmonic); Finding Neverland (Leicester Theatre) and Marguerite (Theatre Royal Haymarket).
Sheila Reid spent 7 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.
Theatre credits also include an Olivier Award-nomination for When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout (Whitehall Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court), The Importance Of Being Ernest (Haymarket), Pornography (Tricycle), Into The Woods (Donmar), Filomena (Almeida) and more recently Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Silver Linings (English Touring Theatre), Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Maurice’s Jubilee (Edinburgh Festival / UK tour). She is currently in rehearsals for Troilus & Cressida at The RSC.
Ingmar Bergman cast her in his film The Touch, having directed her in Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. Other films include Brazil, The Winter Guest, Five Days One Summer and, most recently, the short multi award winning O Be Joyful.
She is probably best known on TV as Madge, in the comedy series Benidorm. Other television includes Call The Midwife Christmas special 2014, three series of Doctor Who, Father Brown, Humans III, Psychobitches . She was most recently scene in Murder on The Blackpool Express, and has just wrapped on its sequel, Death On Tyne.
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.
On screen he will appear in the second series of Killing Eve (BBC America) and the third series of Delicious (Sky) with further recent credits including Apple Tree Yard (BBC), Carters Get Rich (Sky 1), The A Word (BBC) and Ballot Monkeys (Channel 4).
Stanley Townsend’s theatre credits include Incantata (Galway International Arts Festival); Glengarry Glen Ross (Playhouse); Girl from the North Country (Old Vic), The Nether (Royal Court/Duke of York’s); Art (Wyndham’s); 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); Trinity for Two, Sacred Mysteries (Abbey Theatre, Dublin); The Gingerbread Mix-Up (St Andrews Lane, Dublin); Prayers of Sherkin (Old Vic); Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me (West Yorkshire Playhouse); The Plough and the Stars (Young Vic); Democracy (Bush Theatre); Speed-the-Plow (Project Arts Centre, Dublin); Saint Oscar (Field Day Theatre Company); Sexual Perversity in Chicago, The Caucasian Chalk Circle, The Country Wife, Nightshade, The White Devil (Rough Magic, Dublin); A View From the Bridge (Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh).
Television includes: Finding Joy, The Spy, Traitors, Informer, Redwater, The Collection, Galavant, The Tunnel II, The Hollow Crown II, 24 Live Another Day, New Worlds, Toast, Ripper Street II, Fleming, Quirke, Fresh Meat, Call the Midwife, The Shadow Line, Zen, Spooks, The Commander, Hustle, Waking the Dead, Sherlock and Jerusalem.
Film includes: The Song of Names, The Girl from Mogadishu, The Current War, Florence Foster Jenkins, The Voices, One Chance, Standby, The Phyiscian, Lovely Louise, Killing Bono, Pizza Miracle, Water’s Rising, Hilde, Happy Go Lucky, Nativity, Flawless, Into the West, In the Name of the Father, The Van, Tulse Luper and The Libertine.
Philip Voyzey’s theatre credits include 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); Hamlet (King’s Head Theatre).
TV includes: Bloody Tales
Merric Boyd studied at LAMDA and ArtsEd. He has worked extensively with Thee Black Swan Theatre Company, recently appearing in The White Witch (Chelsea Theatre). TV work includes several roles in Derren Browns Trick or Treat and he will soon appear in Autopsy... The Last Hours Of Garry Shandling.
Fejiro Emasiobi is a recent graduate from The Guildford School of Acting. His Theatre credits include I Am Because We Are (Contact) and Life Growing Up (Chiva).
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); Oklahoma (The New Theatre); The Fantasticks.
Chanelle Modi studied at The Brit School of Performing Arts and The Oxford School of Drama. She has appeared on stage in Unconditionally (Soho Theatre) and can be seen on screen in the new season of BBC1’s Silent Witness.
Stuart Nunn trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. His work in theatre includes Network (National Theatre), Elegies for Angels Punks and Raging Queens (Charing Cross Theatre), The Secret Garden (Ambassadors) and Bury the Dead (Finborough Theatre).
Phillipa Peak’s theatre credits include Blithe Spirit (The Mill), Mother Courage and The Glass Menagerie (both National Theatre), The Deep Blue Sea (Royal Exchange), Julius Caesar (Young Vic Theatre), The Taming Of The Shrew and Comedy Of Errors (Nottingham Playhouse) and Two Gentlemen Of Verona (Regents Park Open Air Theatre).
Her film roles include Heartlands and The Claim. For TV she was last seen in the comedy Porter, the three part ITV drama Trauma, Doctors and ITV’s Home Fires further credits include Emmerdale, EastEnders and Summer In Transylvania.
Grace Stone’s theatre credits includes A Midsummer Night’s Dream (This is My Theatre Company), Sonnet walks (Guildford Shakespeare Company). All About Eve marks Grace’s West End debut.
Television includes: Death in Paradise (Series 6-8), Delicious, The Crown, Lucky Man, Doctors and Call the Midwife.
Michael Warburton has appeared on stage in Sunny Afternoon (UK Tour), Goosebumps Alice (The Vaults), Blenheim Steps (Mayfair Theatre), Nobody’s Business (Charing Cross Theatre), Loon, Fade to Black, Slap (all Theatre Royal Stratford East), Rupert (Lyric Hammersmith) and more. His screen credits include Masks, American Monster, The Habit of Beauty, Legacy and Superbob.
Sonia Friedman Productions and Fox Stage Productions present
ALL ABOUT EVE
by Joseph L Mankiewicz
Adapted and directed for the stage by Ivo van Hove
Set and Lighting Jan Versweyveld
Costume An D’Huys
Music PJ Harvey
Sound Tom Gibbons
Casting Julia Horan CDG
Noël Coward Theatre
A Delfont Mackintosh Theatre
85-88 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AU
First performance: 2nd February 2019
Opening night: 12th February 2019
Final performance: 11th May 2019
Captioned performance: 12th March 2019
Audio Described performance: 19th March 2019
Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm
Thursday & Saturday matinee performances at 2.30pm
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