Two-time Oscar winner Cate Blanchett (The Aviator, Blue Jasmine) and Tony winner Stephen Dillane (The Real Thing), as previously announced, 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 begin previews January 16, 2019, with an official opening January 23. Performances will continue through March 2.
Blanchett and Dillane will be joined by Babirye Bukilwa, Jessica Gunning, Emma Hindle, and Craig Miller.
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 an earlier 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.”
The production will also have set design by Vicki Mortimer, costume design by Sussie Juhlin-Wallén, lighting design by James Farncombe, sound design by Melanie Wilson, and movement direction by Joseph Alford.
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.