The Trial starring Rory Kinnear at the Young Vic

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Rory Kinnear stars in the Trial at the Young Vic.

Richard Jones directs a new stage adaptation of Kafka’s great novel The Trial written by Nick Gill and starring Rory Kinnear as the powerless victim of the system Josef K.

The Trial plays for a strictly limited run at the Young Vic theatre from 19 June 2015 til 22 August 2015.


In his thirtieth year K. lives a waking nightmare. Visited at home by state agents on his birthday, accused of an unspecified crime, K. is bewildered by spiralling layers of bureaucracy – and the more sinister motives which lurk beneath them. Nick Gill’s new adaptation, commissioned by the Young Vic, reveals a murky and dangerous world in which The Law’s word is final.


Directed by Richard Jones, with design by Miriam Buether, costumes by Nicky Gillibrand, lighting by Mimi Jordan Sherin and sound and music by David Sawer. Adaptation of Kafka’s The Trial by Nick Gill.


The cast is lead by Rory Kinnear, with the ensemble including  Kate O’Flynn, Hugh Skinner, Sian Thomas, Marc Antolin, Steven Beard, Richard Cant, Sarah Crowden, Charlie Folorunsho, Neil Haigh, Suzy King and Weruche Opia.

Rory Kinnear returns to the stage for the first time since his Olivier and Evening Standard Award-winning performance as Iago in the National Theatre’s 2013 production of Othello. Other theatre credits include Measure for Measure (Almeida), Hamlet, The Last of the Hausmanns, Burnt by the Sun, The Revenger’s Tragedy, Philistines and The Man of Mode  (National Theatre), Mary Stuart (Donmar Warehouse), Cymbeline and Taming of the Shrew (RSC). His film credits include The Imitation Game, Cuban Fury, Skyfall, Quantum of Solace, Wild Target and Broken. His television  credits include Count Arthur Strong, Richard II, Southcliffe, Loving Miss Hatto, Black Mirror and Lucan.

Kate O’Flynn makes her Young Vic debut in The Trial. Theatre credits include A Taste of Honey and Port (National Theatre); The Ritual Slaughter of George Mastromas and A Miracle (Royal Court); Lungs and The Sound of Heavy Rain (Paines Plough/Sheffield) and See How They Run and The Children’s Hour (Royal Exchange, Manchester). Kate’s film credits include Mr Turner, Up There and Happy Go Lucky and her television work includes Ordinary Lies, No Offence and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher.

Hugh Skinner’s previous work at the Young Vic includes The Cherry Orchard and Senora Carrar’s Rifles. Other theatre credits include Therese Raquin (Theatre Royal, Bath); American Psycho (Almeida); Wild Oats (Bristol Old Vic); You Can’t Take It With You (Royal Exchange, Manchester); The Great Game (Tricycle) and The Enchantment (National Theatre). Hugh’s film credits include Kill Your Friends, Les Misérables and Day of the Dead. Television credits include Our Zoo, Any Human Heart and Tess of the D’Urbervilles. He is currently appearing in W1A on BBC One.

Sian Thomas’ theatre credit’s include Rainsnakes (Young Vic), Minetti (Barbican/ Royal Lyceum Edinburgh); Passion Play (Duke of York’s); Blue Heart Afternoon and The Glass Room (Hampstead Theatre); Feelgood (Hampstead Theatre/Garrick); Richard II (Donmar Warehouse); Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (Northern Stage/Sheffield Crucible); Spring Awakening (Lyric Hammersmith/Novello); Up for Grabs (Wyndham’s);The Illusion (Old Vic); Fram, House and Garden, Sleep With Me, Richard II, The Way of the World and Countrymania (National Theatre; Ghosts (Bristol Old Vic); The Price (Apollo/Tricycle); Push Up (Royal Court); King Lear, Macbeth, Hamlet, Happy End and Taming of the Shrew (RSC); and Richard III (RSC/Savoy). Her film credits include Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix andPerfume. On television, her credits include Atlantis, Merlin and The Royal Bodyguard.

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Performance dates
Booking to 22 August 2015

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