Sarah Crompton

In praise of understudies

Their importance has been elevated to new heights in the age of the pandemic

This is not All About Eve where an ambitious understudy plans to overthrow her heroine: Eve (Anne Baxter) and Margo (Bette Davis) in a showdown from Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s 1950 film. Credit: PictureLux/The Hollywood Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

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