Cate Blanchett to Star in ‘All About Eve’ in London

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Cate Blanchett in Chekhov’s “The Present,” on Broadway in December. She will star in a staging of “All About Eve” directed by Ivo van Hove. Credit Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

Fasten your seatbelts: Cate Blanchett will star in a staging of “All About Eve,” adapted and directed by the internationally acclaimed Ivo van Hove.

Sonia Friedman Productions (“Harry Potter and the Cursed Child”) and Fox Stage Productions plan to bring the adaptation to London’s West End in spring 2018, though details about specific dates or a theater have not been finalized.

Ms. Blanchett, who made her Broadway debut this season in Chekhov’s “The Present,” will play the role made immortal by Bette Davis in the 1950 film: Margo Channing, an aging Broadway star whom the New York Times critic Bosley Crowther described as an “acid creature with a cankerous ego and a stinging tongue” who “is the end-all of Broadway disenchantment.”

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Ivo van Hove, at a Tony Awards afterparty in 2016. Credit Rebecca Smeyne for The New York Times

Dissatisfied characters have long been Ms. Blanchett’s métier onstage: She was previously on the West End as Susan in a revival of David Hare’s “Plenty” in 1999, and has also starred in Chekhov’s “Uncle Vanya” and Ibsen’s “Hedda Gabler.”

Mr. van Hove, who won a Tony last year for his minimal, visceral staging of Arthur Miller’s “A View From the Bridge,” recently directed “Hedda Gabler” at the National Theater in London. Previous screen-to-stage adaptations have included theater productions of John Cassavetes’s 1977 “Opening Night,” which ran at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 2008, and Ingmar Bergman’s 1973 mini-series “Scenes From a Marriage,” at New York Theater Workshop in 2014.

The film “All About Eve,” written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, received a record-setting 14 Academy Award nominations — which was tied this year by “La La Land.” They both won six, although (as you may have heard) “La La Land” did not win best picture.

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Source: New York Times

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