2019 is shaping up to be a blockbuster year on the West End.
Tickets to see Gillian Andersen as the iconic Margot Channing in Ivo van Hove’s staging of All About Eve are already in short supply. Not to be outdone, the National Theatre has launched their own broadside on our wallets this weekend, opening the ticket ballot for their Cate Blanchett vehicle When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other.
This is a lot to get excited about. (Not least because van Hove had lined up Blanchett to chew the scenery in his adaptation, before she chose to originate this role instead.)
Coming from playwright Martin Crimp, who is always challenging, this has the makings of a fascinating performance from Blanchett. Crimp is best known for his fascinating, fragile, strong and dynamic female characterisations (see his Attempts on Her Life), and this play’s provocative title and it’s inspiration – drawing on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela, one of literature’s earliest novels, which presciently deals with a serving girl’s struggles to escape her master’s sexual advances – promises that this will be a powerful and timely play.
So don’t miss out on the ballot! It’s open to members of the National Theatre, which is free to join: so do that too!
The ballot will be open until 12pm GMT on Thursday, 29 November.
When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other will run at the (remarkably intimate) Dorfman Theatre from 16 January 2019 to 2 March.
Good luck! Hope to see you there!