A stage adaptation of ALL ABOUT EVE will have a limited run at the Noel Coward Theatre in London from 2nd February,2019 to 11th May, 2019.
The leading roles of Margo and Eve will be played by Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Birdie will be played by Sheila Reid and Karen by Monica Dolan.
Direction is by Tony and Olivier winning director, Ivo van Hove. This avant-garde director’s style has been described as “ultra-modern minimalism”.
I guess anyone who is a fan of the 1950 classic will be curious to see how it will be presented on stage. It is nearly 70 years since the film was released and probably many theatregoers may not even know the film.
I came across the above photo which shows the cast of a 2003 Broadway benefit for the Actors Fund of America, featuring a stage reading of ALL ABOUT EVE.
What a cast.
Stockard Channing as Margo, Callisto Flockhart as Eve, Angela Lansbury as Birdie, Blythe Danner and Victor Garner as Karen and Lloyd, John Ritter as Bill . Tim Curry as Addison, Carl Reiner as Max Fabian. And Kirk Douglas as the ‘aged actor’.
And Celeste Holm chaired the evening at the Ahmanson Music Center in Los Angeles.
This reading of the original Joseph Mankiewicz screenplay raised over quarter of a million dollars for the Fund.
In 2004, the second screenplay reading, again for the Actors Fund, was SUNSET BOULEVARD at The Pantages Theatre in L.A.
With Angelica Huston as Norma, Ben Kingsley as Max and Patrick Wilson as Joe Gillis. Director Stanley Donen played Cecil B De Mille.
And in 2005, the same format was used for CASABLANCA, with Anne Heche and Christian Slater as Ilsa and Rick.
All three adaptations of the original screenplays were done by David Rambo.
I havent been able to find if any other legendary films were staged for these fund raising evenings.