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The Trial

by Franz Kafka
adapted by Nick Gill 

19 Jun – 22 Aug

Main House

Show information

"In Nick Gill's brilliant and imaginative adaptation, directed by Richard Jones, Rory Kinnear gives a tremendous performance"

"Brilliant Rory Kinnear is a triumph"
Daily Mail 

"Grotesque and darkly comic… Rory Kinnear is at the peak of his powers, Kate O’Flynn is a rising star"
Time Out 

"Such brilliantly skewed theatre is not to be missed, least of all at London's buzziest theatre"
Arts Desk 

"Rory Kinnear is mesmerising as Josef K"

"Kinnear is immense"
Evening Standard

"Brilliantly evocative"

Rory Kinnear stars in this classic, timeless tale of ordinary terror by Franz Kafka.

Josef K’s 35th birthday begins with a knock on his door from three sinister agents. They’re from an unidentified agency, here to arrest him for unidentified crimes.  

But this is no birthday prank - this is life or death. 

So begins K’s dark descent into a waking nightmare of bizarre humiliations and compulsive procedures.

"Rory Kinnear is a national treasure."
The Independent

Click here to see what audiences have been saying about the show so far.  


Monday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Wednesday & Saturday matinees: 2.30pm 
(except 20, 24, 27 Jun and 12 Aug)

Running time: 2 hours, no interval 

Sorry but there will be no readmission once the show has begun. 


Tickets: £10, £19.50, £27.50, £35 
Previews: (19 - 25 Jun) £10, £19.50

A maximum of 4 tickets may be purchased per booking.  

A limited number of discounts are available for each performance. Early booking is advised.


Click here to find out more about the Young Vic's seating policy, and about what to expect when you arrive at the Young Vic.

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In the press

Rory Kinnear talks to The Evening Standard about rehearsals for The Trial and the karmic pull of Kafka

'Alienation from the modern world' - Nick Gill discusses dystopia in The Trial - The Independent on Sunday

Theatre to book now: The Trial in both The Guardian and The Financial Times

The Trial picked as Time Out's number 1 new theatre opening in June 

Full casting announced for The Trial at the Young Vic - WhatsOnStage

Direction Richard Jones
Design Miriam Buether
Costumes Nicky Gillibrand
Lighting Mimi Jordan Sherin
Music David Sawer
Sound David Sawer & Alex Twiselton
Movement Sarah Fahie 
Casting Julia Horan CDG

Marc Antolin
Steven Beard
Richard Cant
Sarah Crowden
Charlie Folorunsho
Neil Haigh
Suzy King
Rory Kinnear
Kate O’Flynn
Weruche Opia
Hugh Skinner
Sian Thomas

Access performances

Audio described performance
1 Aug 2.30pm 

Captioned performance
23 Jul 7.30pm

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