Cate Blanchett to star in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other at National Theatre

Oscar-winning actress, Cate Blanchett, joins Stephen Dillane in the world premiere of Martin Crimp’s, When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other, at the National Theatre next January, it was announced today.

Martin Crimp’s 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 Samuel Richardson’s novel, Pamela, 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.”

Cate Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winner (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine).

Her 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.

Cate’s 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.

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).

Tickets go on sale this autumn.

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