Cate Blanchett is to return to the London stage

 

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Legendary actress Cate Blanchett is to return to the London stage to join the internationally acclaimed director Ivo van Hove in his new adaptation of the classic 1950 hit film “All About Eve” by Joseph Leo Mankiewicz.

Blanchett will take the role of Margo Channing, a highly regarded but aging Broadway star played by Bette Davis in the original film. When the Broadway star Margo Channing meets her ambitious young fan Eve Harrington, Eve insinuates herself into Margo’s life, threatening her career and personal life. The film All About Eve received a record-setting 14 Academy Award nominations, winning 6 of them, the record only matched by Titanic in 1997 and the 2016 film La La Land.

All About Eve: Anne Baxter, Bett Davis, Marilyn Monroe
All About Eve: Anne Baxter, Bett Davis, Marilyn Monroe

This year Cate Blanchett appeared on the Broadway stage for the first time, playing in the new adaptation “The Present” based on Anton Chekhov‘s masterpiece “Wild Honey“, her work received rave reviews.  In 2002 she was on stage in London playing in the Sydney Theatre Company production of “Gross und Klein (Big and Small)” in Barbican.

“Present” Sydney 2015, photo: Lisa Tomasseti

Ivo Van Hove won a Tony award last year for his staging of Arthur Miller’sA View From the Bridge,” recently directed “Hedda Gabler” at the National Theater and “Obsession” starring Jude Law in Barbican in London. Teaming up with Sonia Friedman Productions (“Hamlet” starring Andrew Scott, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” and more) and Fox Stage Productions, they plan to bring “All about Eve” to West End in spring 2018, all the details to follow.

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