National Theatre announces Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane to perform in world premiere by Martin Crimp

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett

A new play by Martin Crimp (Attempts on Her Life, In the Republic of Happiness). Directed by Katie Mitchell (Waves, Cleansed) with a cast including Cate Blanchettwho makes her National Theatre debut alongside Stephen Dillane returning to the National Theatre for the first time since The Coast of Utopia in 2002.

Martin Crimp’s 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 Richardson’s novel as a provocation, five characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.

“Go on then: lock the doors and see what happens. Show me how much power you really have.”

Stephen Dillane

Stephen Dillane

Katie Mitchell returns to the National Theatre following a sold out production of Cleansed in 2016, Katie 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.”

More information will be announced in autumn 2018 when tickets will go on sale.

Cate Blanchett is a two-time Academy Award winner (The AviatorBlue Jasmine), Blanchett’s first major stage role was in 1992 in David Mamet’s Oleanna for the Sydney Theatre Company, where she later served as Co-Artistic Director. Numerous stage appearances in London and New York include Plenty (1999), Hedda Gabler (2006), A Streetcar Named Desire (2009), Gross und Klein (2012), Uncle Vanya (2012)The Maids (2014) and The Present (2017), for which she received her first Tony Award nomination. Her film roles include CarolTruth,CinderellaThe Monuments MenBlue JasmineOcean’s 8, Where’d You Go Bernadette, The House with a Clock in Its Walls, The Hobbit: An Unexpected JourneyHannaRobin HoodThe Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonIndiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal SkullI’m Not ThereElizabeth: The Golden AgeThe Good GermanNotes on a ScandalBabelLittle FishThe Life Aquatic with Steve ZissouThe Aviator,Coffee and CigarettesThe MissingThe Lord of the Rings trilogy, Veronica GuerinHeavenThe Shipping NewsCharlotte GrayBanditsThe GiftThe Talented Mr RipleyPushing TinElizabethOscar and Lucinda.Theatre awards: Four Helpmann Awards for Best Female Actor in a Play (The MaidsGross und KleinUncle VanyaHedda Gabler), two Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Actress in a Lead Role (Gross und KleinA Streetcar Named Desire), two Helen Hayes Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Non-Resident Production (Uncle VanyaA Streetcar Named Desire). Film awards: Three Best Actress BAFTAs (Blue JasmineElizabethThe Aviator), three AFI Awards (Little Fish,Thank God He Met LizzieOscar and Lucinda), three SAG Awards (Blue JasmineThe AviatorThe Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King), three Golden Globe Awards (Blue JasmineElizabethI’m Not There), and the Venice Film Festival’s Volpi Cup for Best Actress (I’m Not There).

Stephen Dillane has worked with Katie Mitchell in London on Samuel Beckett’s ‘Endgame’, Anton Chekhov’s ‘Uncle Vanya’, DH Lawrence’s ‘The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd’ and ‘Four Quartets’ by TS Eliot. He’s worked in American theatre on Tom Stoppard’s ‘The Real Thing’, which started at the Donmar Warehouse and on a one-man version of ‘Macbeth’ directed by Travis Preston which also played in London and Australia. His most recent work in London was in Brian Friel’s ‘Faith Healer’ and Samuel Beckett’s ‘How It Is’( also in Ireland). Also a collaboration on two films by artist Tacita Dean. He has won awards for theatre and TV work including for ‘The Tunnel’, ‘The Shooting of Thomas Hurndall’ and ‘Kings in Grass Castles’. He was in ‘Game of Thrones’ for three seasons as Stannis Baratheon. His films include ‘Welcome to Sarajevo’‘The Hours’ and, most recently, ‘The Darkest Hour’ and ‘Outlaw King’ which is released in November 2018.

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