Opera House to show National Theatre Live’s ‘All About Eve’

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center will present a satellite screening of the National Theatre Live’s drama “All About Eve,” starring Gillian Anderson and Lily James, on Sat., Jan. 18, at 1 p.m. The event is part of the Stage on Screen Series at the Opera House.

Anderson (“The X-Files,” “A Streetcar Named Desire”) and James (“Mamma Mia!,” “Here We Go Again”) star in the brilliant production which is captured live at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre in London and broadcast to theatres around the world.

“All About Eve” is the story of Margo Channing. The legend. True star of the theatre. The spotlight is hers, always has been. But now there’s Eve. Her biggest fan. Young, beautiful Eve. The golden girl, the girl next door. But you know all about Eve… don’t you…?

Lifting the curtain on a world of jealousy and ambition, this new production from one of the world’s most innovative theatre directors, Ivo van Hove, asks why our fascination with celebrity, youth and identity never seems to get old.

“All About Eve” is adapted by van Hove from the 1950 Twentieth Century Fox film by Joseph L. Mankiewicz and the play “The Wisdom of Eve” by Mary Orr.

The original film starred Bette Davis as Margo Channing and Anne Baxter as Eve Harrington. It co-starred George Sanders, Celeste Holm, Thelma Ritter and Marilyn Monroe, in one of her earliest roles. Praised by critics at the time of its release, the film received a record 14 Academy Award nominations and won six, including Best Picture. It is the only film in Oscar history to receive four female acting nominations and is listed at No. 28 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Best American Films.

In 1970, the film was the inspiration for the stage musical “Applause,” starring Lauren Bacall as Margo Channing. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical that season.

The production runs two hours, with no intermission.

Tickets to “All About Eve” are $15 ($10 Students) and may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m. A special Stage on Screen Series flexible subscription of eight tickets that can be used however you want — one at a time to eight different Series events, all at once for eight people, or anything in between — is $116. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Opera House Box Office or by phone at 679-1891, Tuesday-Friday, 1-5 p.m. Tickets may be purchased online anytime at www.fredopera.org.

This program is part of the Stage on Screen Series which is generously sponsored by Dr. James and Marcia Merrins. Support for the program also comes from the United Arts Appeal of Chautauqua County.

The Opera House is equipped with assistive listening headsets for the hearing-impaired. Simply request one from any usher or Opera House staff member.

The 1891 Fredonia Opera House Performing Arts Center is a member-supported not-for-profit performing arts center located in Village Hall in downtown Fredonia. For a complete schedule of events, visit www.fredopera.org.