The Trial

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A new opera by Philip Glass
Adaptation by Christopher Hampton
Based on the novel by Franz Kafka 

The meeting of two extraordinary minds – Philip Glass and Franz Kafka.

Both are masters of their craft. Each has his own instantly recognisable style. Together, they are the perfect match.

Kafka's nightmarish tale of a man arrested and prosecuted for an unknown crime by a relentless and inaccessible authority has lost none of its chilling potency down the years. Now, Philip Glass brings his signature music and dramatic force to this literary classic. Working with Christopher Hampton as librettist, this new opera faithfully follows Kafka's original story, relishing the author's notorious paranoia and bizarre sense of humour.

We have developed a striking creative relationship with Philip Glass over the years, continuing to produce exciting new work for our contemporary opera audiences. Glass has long cherished the idea of turning The Trial into an opera and has chosen us as the company to do it. Join us in experiencing this unique re-imagining of Kafka's prophetic tale.                                                                               

Sung in English
Opera in two acts with one interval
The performance will last approximately 2 hours 20 minutes

The Trial is a co-commission and co-production between Music Theatre Wales, the Royal Opera House, Theater Magdeburg and Scottish Opera


Linbury Studio Theatre
Royal Opera House
10, 11, 14, 15, 17 October | 7.45pm
18 October | 6pm
020 7304 4000

Royal Northern College of Music
22 October | 7.30pm
0161 907 5555

 Canolfan y Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre
28 October | 7.30pm
01970 62 32 32

Oxford Playhouse
3 November | 7.30pm
01865 305305

The Anvil
4 November | 7.45pm
01256 844244

Theatr y Sherman Theatre
7 November | 7.30pm
029 2064 6900

Clwyd Theatr Cymru
9 November | 7.30pm
0845 330 3565

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
10 November | 7.30pm
0121 236 4455

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