Gillian Anderson and Lily James will star in a strictly limited run of Joseph L Mankiewicz’s All About Eve at the Noël Coward Theatre, adapted from the 1950 classic movie and directed for the stage by Olivier and Tony Award winner Ivo van Hove, playing from 2 February to 11 May 2019 (press night is 12 February).
The Emmy Award-winning Gillian Anderson (X-Files, The Fall, A Streetcar Named Desire) will return to the stage alongside Lily James (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Downton Abbey, Romeo and Juliet). BAFTA Award-winner Monica Dolan will join the cast in the role of Karen, alongside Sheila Reid as Birdie and Rhashan Stone as Lloyd. Further casting to be announced soon.
The much-acclaimed Twentieth Century Fox film, based on Mary Orr’s original play The Wisdom of Eve, remains the only film to receive four female acting nominations.
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.
Gillian Anderson (Margo) is an award-winning film, television and theatre actress who won an Emmy, a Golden Globe and two Screen Actors’ Guild awards for her role as ‘Special Agent Dana Scully’ in the TV series The X-Files. On stage, Anderson performed at the Young Vic Theatre as Blanche Dubois in Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, which relocated to St Ann’s Warehouse in New York and for which she was nominated for an Olivier Award and won Best Actress at the Evening Standard Awards. Other UK theatre credits include What The Night Is For (Pinter Theatre); The Sweetest Swing In Baseball (Royal Court Theatre) and A Doll’s House (Donmar Warehouse) in 2009 for which she earned her first Olivier nomination.
Lily James (Eve) graduated from Guildhall School of Music and Drama in 2010. Her breakout film role was the iconic Cinderella in Disney’s award-winning adaptation directed by Kenneth Branagh. James was most recently seen in Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (Universal) alongside Meryl Streep, playing Young Donna. For stage, she played Juliet in Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet (Garrick Theatre). Further theatre credits include Vernon God Little (Young Vic Theatre) directed by Rufus Norris, and Desdemona in Daniel Evans’ stage production of Othello (The Crucible, Sheffield).
Monica Dolan (Karen) is a BAFTA award-winning actress whose work spans stage, television and film. Highlights include Rosemary West in Appropriate Adult (ITV) for which she won a BAFTA, Janet in Witness for the Prosecution (Mammoth Screen), and Tracey Pritchard in W1A (BBC). For stage, Dolan appeared in self-penned B*EASTS (Bush Theatre), Plaques & Tangles, The Twits, Birth of a Nation (Royal Court), King Lear, Seagull (Royal Shakespeare Company), Macbeth (Out of Joint), She Stoops to Conquer, A Laughing Matter (Royal National Theatre/Out of Joint) and The Walls (Royal National Theatre).
Sheila Reid (Birdie) spent seven years in Laurence Olivier’s first permanent company at the Old Vic Theatre, playing, amongst many parts, Bianca in his Othello and Natasha in The Three Sisters – both subsequently filmed. She is a founder member of the Actors Company and spent two seasons with the RSC; notably as the nurse in Romeo and Juliet, Putana in Tis Pity She’s a Whore and Queen Margaret in Richard III.
Theatre credits also include an Olivier Award-nomination for When I Was A Girl I Used To Scream And Shout (Whitehall Theatre), My Mother Said I Never Should (Royal Court), The Importance Of Being Ernest (Haymarket), Pornography (Tricycle), Into The Woods (Donmar), Filomena (Almeida) and more recently Rasheeda Speaking (Trafalgar Studios), Silver Linings (English Touring Theatre), Pericles (Shakespeare’s Globe) and Maurice’s Jubilee (Edinburgh Festival/UK tour). She is currently in rehearsals for Troilus & Cressida at The RSC. Ingmar Bergman cast her in his film The Touch, having directed her in Hedda Gabler at the National Theatre. She is probably best known on TV as Madge, in the comedy series Benidorm.
Rhashan Stone (Lloyd) has appeared on stage in The Strange Death of John Doe and The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide to Capitalism & Socialism (Hampstead Theatre); Our Town (Almeida Theatre); Love and Information and Clubland (Royal Court Theatre); Southwark Fair, The Red Balloon, Sweeney Todd (all National Theatre). He has regularly performed for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre and the West Yorkshire Playhouse. On screen he will appear in the second series of Killing Eve (BBC America) and the third series of Delicious (Sky).