Anderson just oozes sexiness, carrying a confidence and slight aloofness that both draws people to her and pushes them away
Ivo van Hove's production and stage adaptation of the film All About Eve is trademark van Hove and that is a good and bad thing.
The play tells the story of stage star Margo Channing (Gillian Anderson) who is at the height of fame, has parts written for her, a loving, director boyfriend (Julian Ovenden) and loyal friends.
But when a young fan, Eve (Lily James), turns up at the stage door and inveigles her way into Margo's life and inner circle, it doesn't bring out the best for either.
Filming on stage
Van Hove utilises live film with both fixed cameras - in a dressing table mirror - and handheld to follow the action hidden from audience view, the footage projected on screens above the stage.
The dressing table is a permanent feature of the set regardless of where the action moves, a symbol of the power and importance placed on women's looks and youthfulness in showbusiness.