With the two new magazines added to our gallery, it is time to address some information concerning “All about Eve”, theatre production announced earlier this year.
Since the first article reported this new play for next year, many fans have been planning to go to London to see Cate on stage. However, last October, in a interview with Italian magazine D La Repubblica, Cate said that she has declined the offer to be in the production of “All about Eve” which left everyone who read the magazine wanting more information about it. See both original and translated version of the interview excerpt below:
Di passaggio in Italia, é giá pronta a rientrare nella sua tenuta a Crowborough, nell’East Sussex, a poche ore da Londra, dove si é trasferita da Sydney con il marito, il drammaturgo Andrew Upton, e i quattro figli. «La famiglia mi impegna parecchio», dice a proposito del fatto che non portera a teatro una piece a cui teneva moltissimo, Eva contro Eva, nel ruólo di Bette Davis. «Grazie ai bambini ho imparato a economizzare i tempi e diventare piü brava. Ma stavolta ho rinunciato. E molto difficile che nella vita le nostre passioni si allineino».
Passing through Italy, she is ready to return to her estate in Crowborough, East Sussex, just a few hours from London, where she has moved from Sydney with her husband, playwright Andrew Upton, and her four children. “My family engages me a lot”,
She says about the fact that she will not bring a piece to the theater that she really cared about, All about Eve, in the role of Bette Davis. “Thanks to the children, I’ve learned how to be more economical and become better. But this time I gave up. It’s very difficult for our passions to align in life”.
Also, S Moda Spain January 2018* published that:
Donde sí la veremos es en el teatro.
Lamentablemente, por asuntos familiares he tenido que cancelar Eva al desnudo [la actriz tenía previsto volver a las tablas en Londres con esta obra en primavera]. ¿A quién no le gusta Margo Channing? ¡No sé cuántas veces habré visto la cinta! Es una de esas películas perfectas.
Where we will see her is in the theater.
Unfortunately, due to family matters I have had to decline on All about Eve [the actress had planned to return to the stage in London with this production in spring]. Who does not like Margo Channing? I do not know how many times I have seen the film! It’s one of those perfect movies.
Plus, according to the site The Stage UK
Cate Blanchett has hinted at a return to the UK stage following a hiatus of five years.
The Oscar-winning actor told The Stage theatre was her “first and truest” love, but said her return might not necessarily be to the West End stage.
Her comments appear to raise doubts about reports earlier this year that she is set to star in a stage production of All About Eve in the West End, produced by Sonia Friedman.
“It may not be the West End but it‘s my first and truest love the theatre, you are very accountable and connected to your audience as an actor on stage,” she told The Stage at this year’s London Evening Standard Theatre Awards.
Blanchett added: “So yes, now I have moved back to England I would love to be on stage here – whether it’s the West End I don’t know necessarily.”
Blanchett’s last UK theatre appearance was in Big and Small at the Barbican Theatre in 2012.
A spokesman for Friedman confirmed that the production of All About Eve was still happening, but “not for some time and the casting is unconfirmed”.
Cate was also interviewed by BBC Radio 2
And in a interview published by A West End Whinger last November, director Ivo Van Hove also commented on the production:
Q: What’s next for you Ivo?
IvH: It’ll be All About Eve with Cate Blanchett.
Q: Can you talk about your take on that?
IvH: Vell, the story begins at a theatre avards bash so ve vere going to do the whole thing as a Tony Avards style ceremony hosted by Kevin Spacey but of course ve’ve had to edit that out. Now I’m going to set the whole thing on an airplane. The audience vill have to check in for the performance, bringing their passports vith them, go through very tight security before queuing for unreserved seats in the auditorium vhere they’ll vatch the whole show on in-flight entertainment systems. Every few minutes their TVs will be interrupted by Cate’s voice telling them “fasten your safety belts”…
Q: Interesting. Will the audiences actually see Cate?
IvH: She’ll be there but will stay in the dressing room throughout. It is a backstage story after all. After that I’d like to tackle a musical. I’m thinking about Sunday in the Park Vith George vhere the audience are invited to try on-stage paint-balling or Gypsy but vithout any songs.
With many information circulating, the status of the next theatre production with Cate is very uncertain and yet to be confirmed. Therefore, we need to wait for the next chapters to unfold before we decide to pack our suitcases to travel to see her on stage.
*Special thanks to Blanchetters on CBF Chat for this info.