I managed to secure tickets for All About Eve, an almost sold-out production, back in September of last year when tickets went on pre-sale on the TodayTix app. It is sometimes nice to be one of the first to see something and we managed to see one of the early shows for this star-studded production of this film classic at the Noel Coward Theatre.
I’ve seen the film but years ago. I remember being a teenager when I first saw it. Bette Davis simply lit up the screen and seeing a film with such strong female leads was so unusual.
Gillian Anderson and Lily James had big shoes to fill!
And this production does not disappoint. It is a scaled back staging of this classic with moving walls and the production uses the whole depth and width of the stage with many scenes taking place off centre stage but being broadcast via large screens. It is strangely compelling with lots of silences but with a play like this where expression is so important, I can see why they employed the screens. You really need to see the faces of the key characters. This production spends a lot of time really looking at the ageing face of the central character – Margo Channing. Gillian Anderson is the perfect casting for this role. She is understated in her portrayal but your eyes follow her whenever she is on stage. She is simply amazing to watch.
Lily James casting as Eve is also good. I felt she warmed up throughout the performance but I am not sure if you really feel she is quite as manipulative or as menacing as Anne Baxter’s portrayal.
This play reminds you how ahead of its time the film was. The themes are still so relevant. It is full of ambition, affairs, envy, an obsession with youth and more.
My husband and I really enjoyed it. I am not sure if I cared that much about the characters and if I was really drawn in. Fact is, most of the characters are somewhat unpleasant and a little flawed which is really the essence of what this play is all about.
Anything with Gillian Anderson in it is worth going to see. She is a joy to watch and the smart staging makes it a must-watch.
We secured front row balcony tickets for this almost sold out production for £15 via Today Tix App. To read more about how to purchase cheap tickets, read my article about how to save on theatre tickets.