Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Ivo van Hove’s stage production of the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film All About Eve as West End 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 2 February to 11 May 2019 (press night is 12 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.
Jessie Mei Li trained with the National Youth Theatre and was recently in ITV1’s Strangers. This is her professional stage debut.
Merric Boyd studied at LAMDA and ArtsEd. He has worked extensively with The Black Swan Theatre Company, recently appearing in The White Witch (Chelsea Theatre). TV work includes several roles in Derren Brown’s 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).
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 (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre).
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.