Not long ago Cate Blanchett has been rumoured to be starring in a forthcoming West End production of ‘All About Eve’, directed by Ivo van Hove, but, unfortunately, withdrew due to a scheduling conflict. Nevertheless, Cate is now announced to make a return to the London stage in a new play by Martin Crimp “When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other: Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela”.
The new play, directed by Katie Mitchell, is said to break 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”. ‘Richardson’s Pamela’ is an 18th-century sensational epistolary novel about a young maid imprisoned by a libertine nobleman. The National Theatre said Crimp was using Pamela as a provocation with five characters acting out “a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance”, with a nod to Richardson’s 1740 novel.
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.”
Making her long anticipated return and a National Theatre debut, Blanchett will be joined by Stephen Dillane, previously seen in “The Coast of Utopia” in 2002.