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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

Twelve Variations on Samuel Richardson’s Pamela
a new play by Martin Crimp

From 16 January to 2 March 2019
Running Time: tbc

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

‘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, six 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.

Content advisory

Please note: This production contains adult themes and scenes of a sexual nature. If you require further information, contact details are provided in our Help centre.


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.

Day Tickets: On the day of the performance, a limited number of cheap Day Tickets will be available in person from 9.30am.

The Ballot will be open from 12 noon on Thursday 22 November to 12 noon on Thursday 29 November.

Ballot winners booking dates:
Supporting Cast and Young Patron Premium Ballot winners
From 12 noon on Monday 3 December, to 12 noon on Tuesday 4 December

Priority and Priority Plus Members, Young Patron Member and Young Patron Associates and Advance Member Ballot winners
From 12 noon on Wednesday 5 December, to 12 noon on Thursday 6 December

Public Booking Ballot winners
From 12 noon on Friday 7 December, to 12 noon on Saturday 8 December

For further details on how to enter the ballot, make sure you're signed up to NT News.

Olivier Circle, Benefactors, Premier Patrons, Patrons and Young Patron Ambassadors should contact the Development Department on 020 7452 3218 for booking dates.


Talks and events
Booking from 9.30am on Tuesday 11 December.

Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell In Conversation Wed 30 January, 6.30pm
Sound Design with Melanie Wilson Thu 31 January, 6.30pm
Actor Cate Blanchett on When We Have... Fri 1 February, 4pm
Katie Mitchell’s Work at the National Theatre Thu 14 February, 2pm
Exploring Martin Crimp’s Plays Fri 15 February, 2pm

You might also be interested in:
In Conversation with Playwright Martin Crimp Sat 9 February, 11.30am

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other ticket prices and Access performances

Ticket prices

Monday - Thursday eves, all matinees
£54 - £10
Friday & Saturday eves
£58 - £10
Ways to save
Previews 16 - 22 January

£37 - £10

Access Performances

Audio-described performances, for blind and visually impaired people:
Fri 22 February, 7.30pm
Sat 23 February, 2.30pm preceded by a Touch Tour

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