Gillian Anderson, Lily James to star in All About Eve

Gillian Anderson and Lily James will lead the cast of a new West End production of All About Eve.

Cate Blanchett was originally due to appear in the piece, which will run from 2 February at the Noël Coward Theatre, but dropped out due to scheduling commitments.

Anderson will play Margo Channing in the play, which also features Monica Dolan, Sheila Reid and Rhashan Stone as well as music from British pop star PJ Harvey. Further casting is to be announced.

All About Eve is the based on the1950 film of the same name, which was in turn based on Mary Orr’s original play The Wisdom of Eve.

The original film was written and directed by Joseph L Mankiewicz and starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star. Eve Harrington, played in the film by Anne Baxter, is a young fan who gets involved in Channing’s life. The film received 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture.

Tickets go on general sale at 10am on 28 September. The show runs for 14 weeks from 2 February to 11 May 2019 with an opening night on 12 February.

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