If you are a movie buff, or at least one who enjoys a story about behind-the-scenes drama, you probably know the film All About Eve. Based on a 1946 short story by Mary Orr, the 1950 motion picture is regarded as one of the best films of all time, nominated for 14 Academy Awards and winning 6, the most prominent of the wins being Best Picture.
I’ve seen All About Eve only once. Well, I should say I actually heard it, when the story was re-enacted for radio a decade ago. I never saw the Bette Davis/Anne Baxter original, nor any other adaptation produced since then, including, obviously, the British stage adaptation put on earlier this year and whose poster you see to the right (more on why I included this particular poster in a moment).
For those who don’t know how All About Eve goes down, the gist is this (and, yes, ***SPOILERS ARE AHEAD***, thanks to the description on Wikipedia): Margo Channing, grand dame of Broadway, is introduced to a besotted fan, Eve Harrington. Impressed by her fawning fandom, Margo takes Eve into her home and hires her as an assistant. But distrust in Eve begins to swell in Margo, especially after Eve becomes her stage understudy. By then, the manipulative and ambitious Eve is well under the skin of both Margo and those around her.