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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

12 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.

Please note: Seats in the side of the auditorium may have partial or severely restricted views. These are indicated when you select them, prior to adding to basket.

Content advisory

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

Ballot - now closed

Due to the limited ticket numbers and anticipated high demand, a ballot operated across all performances of When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other instead of a general sale. 

Please see the Ballot FAQs page for full details on the process and links to Terms and Conditions for the ballot.

Ballot winners booking dates:

The ballot for both members and public has now been drawn. If successful, you will have been emailed and given one of three designated booking dates:

  1. From 12 noon on Monday 3 December, to 12 noon on Tuesday 4 December
  2. From 12 noon on Wednesday 5 December, to 12 noon on Thursday 6 December
  3. From 12 noon on Friday 7 December, to 12 noon on Saturday 8 December

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

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Talks and events

(please note these events will not go on sale until the performance ticket ballot has closed in December 2018)

Martin Crimp and Katie Mitchell In Conversation Wed 30 January, 6.30pm
Sound Design with Melanie Wilson Thu 31 January, 6.30pm
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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Production team

Photography (Cate Blanchett and Stephen Dillane) by Gillian Hyland.

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