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All about the must see plays of 2019: All My Sons and All About Eve

Tickets went on sale this week for what must surely count as two of London's must-see plays of 2019: All My Sons, Old Vic and All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre. 

All About Eve: Gillian Anderson and Lily James. Photo: Perou

The new production of Arthur Miller's All My Son's has big Hollywood star casting with Sally Field and Bill Pullman and British favourites Colin Morgan and Jenna Coleman joining them.

Let's just pause for a moment and think about that casting, I mean Sally 'life is like a box of chocolates' Field alone.

Headlong is co-producing with Jeremy Herrin directing and we all know how impressive and eclectic his CV is.

Genius writing

Arthur Miller's writing is genius, the way he slowly strips away the narrative layers to reveal something raw underneath.

The last production of All My Son's I saw was in 2010 and starred Zoe Wanamaker, David Suchet, Stephen Campbell Moore and Jemima Rooper and was one of my favourite plays of that year.

But as if all that wasn't quite enough we have Ivo Van Hove directing Gillian Anderson and Lily James in All About Eve at the Noel Coward Theatre.

Van Hove burst onto my theatre landscape with a stunning production of  A View From The Bridge at the Young Vic. Since then he's become a bit of a favourite director - I even made a trip to New York to see him direct Ben Whishaw and Sophie Okonedo in  The Crucible.

Indelible performance

Gillian Anderson is very exciting casting. Her performance as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire at the Young Vic has left an indelible mark.

And then there is the fact that PJ Harvey is doing the music. She's one of my favourite female singer-songwriters with her edgy, atmospheric sound which erupts with attitude.  

I've not seen the film on which this play is based (it starred Bette Davis) but the synopsis sounds intriguing - a legendary theatre star and a fan who insinuates herself into her circle of friends.

You'd have to pin me down to make me choose which I most excited by.

All My Sons is at the Old Vic Theatre from 15 April - 8 June.

All About Eve is at the Noel Coward Theatre from 2 February - 11 May.