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

the Guardian | 6/13/2018 | Mark Brown
Cate Blanchett is to return to the UK stage for the first time in seven years when she makes her debut at the National Theatre in a new play by Martin Crimp.

It was announced on Wednesday that the Australian actor, who lives with her family in East Sussex, has been cast with Stephen Dillane in a production to be directed by Katie Mitchell.

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Blanchett is an experienced stage actor and with her husband, Andrew Upton, was in charge of the Sydney Theatre Company from 2008-2013.

But the actor has been best known in recent years for her movie roles, including Blue Jasmine, Carol, the Hobbit films and Ocean’s 8. Her last UK stage appearance was at the Barbican in London in 2012 in Botho Strauss’s Big and Small.

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Crimp’s play is called When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other – Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela. Richardson’s Pamela, a kind of 18th-century Fifty Shades of Grey, is an epistolary novel about a young maid terrorised and imprisoned by a libertine nobleman. It caused a sensation after it was published in 1740 with its theme of love and marriage across the social divide.

The National Theatre said Crimp was using Pamela as a provocation with five characters acting out “a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance”.

Play - Surface - Debate - Messy - Nature

It said the play would 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”.

2 out of 5 stars.

Blanchett - Co-star - Dillane - Stannis - Baratheon

Blanchett’s co-star Dillane, who played Stannis Baratheon in Game of Thrones and Viscount Halifax in The Darkest Hour, is returning to the National for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002 and reuniting with Mitchell after productions which include Endgame, Uncle Vanya, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd and Four Quartets.

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