Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane will perform in the world premiere of Martin Crimp’s play When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other (Twelve Variations On Samuel Richardson’s Pamela), directed by Katie Mitchell at the National Theatre in January 2019.
Blanchett makes her National Theatre debut alongside Dillane who returns to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.
Martin Crimp’s (Attempts on Her Life, In the Republic of Happiness) play breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire, and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play. Using Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.
“Go on then: lock the doors and see what happens. Show me how much power you really have.”
Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre following a sold-out production of Cleansed in 2016. She said:
“It’s great to be working with Martin again on this powerful new text and to continue my special collaboration with Stephen Dillane. At the same time I’m delighted to welcome Cate Blanchett to the National, and look forward to developing a new working relationship with this extraordinary actor.”
More information will be announced in autumn 2018 when tickets will go on sale.
Cate Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winner (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine). Blanchett’s first major stage role was in 1992 in David Mamet’s Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company, where she later served as co-artistic director. Numerous stage appearances in London and New York include Plenty (1999), Hedda Gabler (2006), A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), Gross und Klein (2012), Uncle Vanya (2012) The Maids (2014) and The Present (2017), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. Her film roles include Carol, Truth, Cinderella, The Monuments Men, Blue Jasmine, Ocean’s 8, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The House with a Clock in Its Walls,The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hanna, Robin Hood, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, I’m Not There, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Good German, Notes on a Scandal, Babel, Little Fish, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Aviator, Coffee and Cigarettes, The Missing, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Veronica Guerin, Heaven, The Shipping News, Charlotte Gray, Bandits, The Gift, The Talented Mr Ripley, Pushing Tin, Elizabeth, Oscar and Lucinda.
Stephen Dillane has worked with Katie Mitchell in London on Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, DH Lawrence’s The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd and Four Quartets by TS Eliot. He’s worked in American theatre on Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing which started at the Donmar Warehouse and on a one-man version of Macbeth directed by Travis Preston which also played in London and Australia. His most recent work in London was in Brian Friel’s Faith Healer and Samuel Beckett’s How It Is (also in Ireland). Also a collaboration on two films by artist Tacita Dean. He has won awards for theatre and TV work including for The Tunnel, The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall and Kings in Grass Castles’. He was in Game of Thrones for three seasons as Stannis Baratheon. His films include Welcome to Sarajevo, The Hours and, most recently, The Darkest Hour and Outlaw King which is released in November 2018.