“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. BAFTA Award-winner Monica Dolan will join the cast in the role of Karen, alongside Julian Ovenden as Bill, Sheila Reid as Birdie and Rhashan Stone as Lloyd. Further casting to be announced.
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.
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.
All About Eve reviews
The performance was brilliant and the "screen" added a great deal
Very clever and enjoyable adaption with very good acting. Well worth seeing
Although there were contemporary touches, this did not veer from the Mankiewicz script and was all the better for it. A balanced ensemble production which delivered and was not just a star vehicle. Loved it.
Liked the use of video to show us behind the scenes. Gillian Anderson fabulous as always with incredible costumes. But overall the storyline has been done so many times.
I thought this was excellent. Pacy dialogue, fine central performances from Gillian Anderson and Lily James and even better perfomances from the supporting cast, all held together by excellent direction and staging. It would have been 5 stars but for the ever-present drone of incidental(?) music, which was unnecessary and intrusive.
Loved this show, funny and entertaining. Amazing performances by Lily and Gillian. Would highly recommend.
Really clever production ... would highly recommend. Gillian Anderson did signings after performance!
I was mildly concerned when I found out that the play was 2 hours long and without an interval. West End theatres and long legs don't always work out and it's hard to enjoy any show if you're uncomfortable. The Noel Coward Theatre is a luxurious venue. Plenty of leg space and comfortable seats. First test passed with flying colours. The play itself is a classic and well worth seeing. I'll not disclose any more (spoilers) but you'll enjoy it. And the cast are of the highest calibre. And perfect for their roles. Of course the two leading ladies are the stars but everyone else had great parts too. My only regret is forgetting to pick up a programme for the show as a souvenir.
Exacellent actors and play. We had a fantastic time.
Loved the stage design and interactive film backdrop! Little overacted by some of the cast but didn't affect the overall experience
Too long without an interval and just so boring, fell asleep twice
We picked this play because we liked the stars and they did not disappoint. Excellent acting by all. We liked the use of audio visual affects and felt that they added to the story. Highly recommend for an enjoyable 2 hours.
Had booked tickets for Thursday matinee and turned up at 7 pm - show was fully booked so had to go back home :( so upset, especially as it was a family outing!!
The cast was excellent, thay all did a brilliant job! 2 hours flew by.
Quality production. Quality cast especially the two leads and the ‘best friend’. Minor niggles. The kitchen and bathroom seemed remarkably similar (same tiles it seemed) and not in keeping with the era or the ‘plush’ main room. Insanely ripped bod of the best friend’s husband distracting/too modern, and their relationship as a couple seemed thin.. I didn’t know they were married until it was clearly stated. Nor was it clear that he’d fallen for Eve. Masterclass in bad drunk performance from Gillian Anderson. Overall great evening’s entertainment. Best Simon
Powerful and mesmerising. Lilly James and Gillian Anderson were both amaxing, stunning and beautiful. Really interesting and incredibly affective stage set. Thank you!
The actors were simply enthralling or as Tina would sing “simply the best”
I managed to get tickets last minute as they opened up some new dates. This has been a favourite film of mine for years. I was anxious to see if they did it justice. Gillian Anderson was superb and so was the rest of the cast. I was pleasantly surprised to see Sheila Reid in the role of Birdie. Very much enjoyed it.
It was brilliant good cast. well organised l had seat on the stalls row R with camera in view it didn't make any difference .well done all.
We were quite disappointed with Lily James, she is not a good actress, sorry..... and her singing is quite bad! The dialogue was very slow and we were not impress with Gillian Anderson. Her voice is very good trying to imitate Bette Davies, but we thought she overacts with the drinking and looking drunk....not good! The rest of the cast was very good! Specially Monica Dolan and Stanley Townsend. The coreografie was clever.
This production was amazing. The cast were all wonderful. Gillian Anderson and Lily James were breathtaking; although the show was possibly stolen by Monica Dolan. Can’t recommend this show highly enough.
Fantastic production of this play
Media making/playing something about, guess what, Media, always feels like navel gazing - fascinating for the particular Medium
Excellent play. Thoroughly enjoyed the plot, stage and the acting.
The stage is very well designed and the acting was brilliant in particular Lyly James
Excellent production of fine acting - so pro !
An excellent performance from the two leading ladies and the supporting cast ... and a really clever production incorporating the video element
Wonderful adaption of this cinema classic, brilliant cast but me the standout performance is by Monica Dolan.
Performances were great and set interesting, liked the screens. Everyone on stage and behind the sceens deserves huge applause!!! Thank you!!
The acting was superb, as was the staging. The use of cameras was very innovating. Ivo Van Hove's adaptation of Joseph L. Mankiewicz script, is still as witty and relevant as it ever was. All in all a joy to watch
I enjoyed the performance but at times it was slow and the story was predictable. Great acting with good cast
Having seen the movie many times, I came to the play with an open mind. After a slow start, the play picked up pace towards the middle and peaked during the final act. The use of multi media was an element that allowed some insight that would be missed if left to the performers on stage. Sometimes distracting, but a very powerful tool. Hard not to compare to the iconic performances of the movie leaving classic lines with little impact. The actress playing Karen was tops. Addison was mis cast and the Karen/Lloyd pairing seemed odd due to lack of chemistry. Gillian Anderson did a fine job as Margot Channing. Lilly James peaked in her final scenes. The sets were confusing. We’re you in a dressing room? A bedroom? Could have been more creative. Rating B
I was a little disappointed given the quality of the cast . Gillian Anderson just isn’t mean enough. Her lines are funny but somehow she just isn’t dangerous enough. The technical staging is excellent . Worth £93 a ticket ? I am afraid i don’t think so .
The show was very slow to start, and it didn't really pick up the pace. Most of the show was at the very front of the stage or "behind the scenes" so you end up watching a good portion of the show on a tv screen. Unless you have stall seats I would not see this show, as you won't be able to see anything.
Rest performances from Lily James and Gillian Anderson cover up how dated this play and it’s message really is
Very good rendition of this absorbing story. A interval would have been welcome but very enjoyable and all the cast without exception were excellent. Loved the glamour too.
Liked the digital approach to the production but can't quite understand the standing ovation. Seemed pretty average to me. Too long without an interval.
I treated my husband to watch All About Eve last night. I was a bit worried because I had heard negative reviews about it. I should not have worried. It was fantastic!! We had good seats at the back of the Stalls. The theatre had provided side monitors so that we could view anything that was not clear higher up on the video screen on the main stage All the cast were extremely fine actors and we enjoyed the play immensely. We were particularly impressed with Gillian Anderson's and Lily James' performances. It was a fantastic night out. Thank you to all involved.
this play was fantastic from start to finish. Gillian Anderson was amazing, as expected. But the supporting cast were also incredible. As an Irish person, I was so proud to see the excellent work Stanley Townsend delivered. not to be missed.
A fantastic show with brilliant performances all around. A wonderfully designed and interesting set!!
Superb production - great acting especially Marion Dolan, Gillian Anderson and Lilly James.
I haven't walked out of a theatre peformance in thirty years but I did so last night. There is nothing to recommend in this production which was lacklustre, monotonous and utterly without light, shade, mood or tension. There is always a gamble when booking shows in advance but this has left me feeling very jaded about the West End experience.
An excellent stage setting with the use of “TV”. Cast were fantastic especially Gillian and Lily.
Given everyone knows the story, that's not going to be a surprise. However, the acting was very flat and somewhat lacking in energy. One didn't feel engaged with what was going on on the stage and the film element became a distraction. What a shame!
The acting was great and the use of the screens to add a level of understanding to the story really helps. The whole cast and the stage hands were brilliant as you may have guessed I loved it
Having seen the film with Bette Davis, Anderson had a lot to live up to. Not as good as Bette but both actresses were very good. Clever staging with the close ups and the party antics. Could sat have been a bit shorter but good idea not to have an interval.
Excellent performance. Camera and screen work was brilliant. Margo and Eve drew you into the characters every step of the way.
We really enjoyed this complex play. All the caste were superb.
Outstanding performance from Gillian Anderson supported by a terrific cast!
For information on accessibility please call 0344 482 5137.
85-88 St Martins Lane London WC2N 4AU
No refunds or exchanges after purchase.
How Does It Work
You will receive a confirmation email.
Please print the confirmation and bring it on the day, a minimum of 30 minutes before the performance start time. You will also need to present the card used to purchase the tickets as valid ID.
Suitable For Children
Children are welcome at all Delfont Mackintosh Theatres, but this may be subject to individual production age restrictions due to content. If any age restrictions for productions apply we shall advise you prior to the performance.
All persons aged under 16 must be accompanied and sat next to the accompanying adult. They may not sit on their own within the auditorium. If children do have separate seats, entry could be refused.
All patrons, regardless of age, must present a valid ticket to gain entry to the theatre. Please ensure that any children or infants for whom you are responsible also have a valid ticket. Your child should be able to sit unaided within the purchased seat. We do not allow children to be seated on an adult’s lap or babes in arms.
When Can I Go
2nd February - 11th May 2019
Where Do I Go
85-88 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4AP
Tube Leicester Square (approx. 100m)
Train Charring Cross (approx. 200m)