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Cate Blanchett to make National Theatre debut in new Martin Crimp play

Cate Blanchett will star alongside Stephen Dillane in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela. Photo: Steven Chee Cate Blanchett will star alongside Stephen Dillane in When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela. Photo: Steven Chee
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Cate Blanchett will return to the London stage next year to star in a new Martin Crimp play at the National Theatre.

Directed by Katie Mitchell, the world premiere of When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela will also star Stephen Dillane, who returns to the National Theatre for the first time since 2002.

Blanchett last appeared on stage in London in 2012 in Big and Small at the Barbican.

She was rumoured to be starring in a production of All About Eve, directed by Ivo van Hove and slated for 2019, however recent reports suggest the role will be played by Gillian Anderson.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other uses Richardson’s 1740 novel Pamela as a provocation and is described as an exploration of the “fluid, complicated roles that men and women play”.

Mitchell, who has worked with both Crimp and Dillane several times, 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.”

The play is scheduled for January 2019, and tickets will go on sale this autumn. Further casting is to be announced.

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