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Cate Blanchett to make National Theatre Debut in 2019

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Cate Blanchett will make her debut at the National Theature in the world premiere of Matin Crimp's new play, it has recently been announced.

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Kate Mitchell will return to the National Theatre to direct the piece. 

Alongside Blanchett, Stephen Dillane returns to the National Theatre for the first time since 2002 when he starred in The Coast of Utopia

Blanchett's last perfomance in London at the Barbican Theatre in 2012, when the actress stared in the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Gross und Klien. Blanchett co-ran the company for five years from 2008 with her husband Andrew Upton.

Dillane has worked with Mitchell on four previous occasions in the theatre and is mostly known for his role in Game of Thrones as Stannis Baratheon.

Kate Mitchell is returning to the National Theatre after a sold-out production of Cleansed in 2016. 

Regarding the new production, 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 play, titled When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other - Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela; or, Virtue Rewarded reportedly explores the messy and violent nature of desire. It will also examine the complex and fluid roles of men and women within desire. 

Richardson's text provides grounds for the play as the five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.

First pubished in 1740, Richard's Pamela follows beautiful 15 year old maidservant Pamela who is dealing with unwanted advances from country landowner master, Mr. B. After failing to seduce her, Mr. B rewards her virture by proposing and Pamela is ultimately manipulated into marriage. The rest of the novel follows her journey into uper-class society. 

Some critics believe that Richardson was one of the first male writers to take a feminist view point whilst writing a novel, as Pamela is depicted through her emotions and thoughts, instead of being a surface level character.

Tickets for the perfomrance will go on sale in autumn 2018.

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