All About Eve tells the story of Margo Channing – 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…?
Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production, from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove (Network, NT Live: A View from the Bridge), asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.
The show starts as the lights suddenly plunge the theatre into complete darkness, their is a subtle eery music being played setting the tone.
Meet Margo (played beautifully by Gillian Anderson) star of theatre, perhaps a little tired and self absorbed assuming that as she is at the top of her game she has rightfully earned the position forever.
Meet Eve(played by Lily James), supposedly shy and timid but very clever and definitely manipulative as she has a plan that will unsettle Margo.
This was the first time I had seen such a clever set (however I do believe similar tech was used in Bat out of Hell). The stage was separated into different rooms and used the skills of a film crew to transmit the scene on a screen above the stage – this gave the set a real depth and the audience something to watch at all times.
There are some beautiful scenes where make-up is key
I don’t want to share spoilers but the show really is All About Eve – explores relationships, love, hate, manipulation, self loathing and the extent one will go to get what they really want.
The play was on at the Noel Coward Theatre and is playing until 11 May 2019