Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson's Pamela
“Go on then: lock the doors and see what happens. Show me how much power you really have.”
This new play breaks 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.
Using Samuel Richardson’s novel, Pamela, as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.
The production reunites Martin Crimp (Attempts on her Life, In the Republic of Happiness) and director Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed). Cate Blanchett makes her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane, who returns to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.
* Due to limited ticket numbers and anticipated high demand, a ballot will operate across all performances of When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other instead of a general sale.