Ivo van Hove‘s stage adaptation of the 1950 film All About Eve, starts a 14-week run at London’s Noël Coward Theatre on February 12.
The Belgian-born van Hove is the artistic director of the Toneelgroep Amsterdam, the biggest repertory theatre company in the Netherlands. He is noted for his modernist, experimental productions. His Broadway credits include revivals of Arthur Miller‘s The Crucible and A View From The Bridge, which won a 2016 Tony Award, and for which he won the Tony for Best Direction.
Van Hove is openly gay. His longtime partner is set designer Jan Versweyveld. They have been a couple since 1980 and frequently collaborate professionally.
Off-Broadway van Hove has won two Obie Awards, for his productions of Hedda Gabler and More Stately Mansions. He also directed David Bowie‘s musical Lazarus, an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman‘s 1973 film Scenes From A Marriage, The Little Foxes, The Misanthrope, and A Streetcar Named Desire, all at New York Theatre Workshop.
Later this year, he is scheduled direct a Broadway revival of West Side Story, with all new choreography by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker replacing the beloved Jerome Robbins original, which has been part of every production since the 1957 Broadway premiere.
His All About Eve stars Emmy Award winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) will star as Margo Channing opposite Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Eve Harrington. The production features set and lighting design by Versweyveld and music from PJ Harvey.
Performances are currently scheduled through May 11.
The Academy Award-winning All About Eve was written and directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, based on Mary Orr’s short story The Wisdom Of Eve. The film stars Bette Davis as Channing, a big Broadway star, and Anne Baxter as Harrington, a willingly helpful young fan who insinuates herself into Channing’s life. The film was nominated for 14 Academy Awards and won six, including Best Picture.