Official photos have been released of Cate Blanchett in Martin Crimp’s new play WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER, now in previews at the National Theatre.
Katie Mitchell directs Oscar winner Cate Blanchett in her National Theatre debut opposite Game of Thrones star Stephen Dillane. Crimp’s play, titled WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER – TWELVE VARIATIONS ON SAMUEL RICHARDSON’S PAMELA explores the messy, violent nature of desire, and the complicated roles men and women play. The play is inspired by Samuel Richardson’s 17th century novel Pamela, in which a master makes frequent unwanted sexual advances on a servant before marrying her.
WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER reunites frequent collaborators Mitchell and Crimp, who previously worked together on ATTEMPTS ON HER LIFE in 2007 and PAINS OF YOUTH in 2009. Meanwhile, Blanchett’s last stage performance in London was in Crimp’s adaptation of GROSS UND KLEIN at the Barbican in 2012.
Mitchell’s production has seen a flurry of controversy already with reports of a woman fainting during an early preview. The production, playing in the National Theatre’s 450 seat Dorfman space, also received some criticism with the use of a ballot system for those who wanted to buy tickets, with many unable to even get a chance to book. Unsuccessful fans have resorted to the theatre’s day seat policy with reports of some people waiting from 3am to secure tickets to the show.
WHEN WE HAVE SUFFICIENTLY TORTURED EACH OTHER runs at the National Theatre’s Dorfman Theatre to 2nd March. Tickets for the run are sold out.
Photo credits to Stephen Cummiskey