Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Tony winner Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing) will star in a world premiere by Martin Crimp (Attempts on Her Life, In the Republic of Happiness) at London's National Theatre next year.
Directed by Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed), When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's ’Pamela’ will be presented in January 2019.
Crimp’s play explores the messy, often violent nature of desire and the fluidity of gender dynamics as five characters enter a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.
In a statement, Mitchell 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.”
Blanchett, who was previously attached to a London stage adaptation of All About Eve, will be making her National Theatre debut alongside Dillane, returning to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.
Further casting will be announced later.