Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of 4.48 Psychosis. It was last on stage 24–28 May 2016 as part of the Winter 2015/16 season.
4.48 Psychosis was the astonishing final work of the radical British playwright Sarah Kane, first performed posthumously in 2000. Detailing the experience of clinical depression, the play harrowingly reveals, through poetry, anger and dark humour, an individual’s struggle to come to terms with their own psychosis, the numbers in the title referring to the time in the early morning when clarity and bleak despair strike together.
Philip Venables – The Royal Opera’s first Composer-in-Residence through a joint programme with the Guildhall School of Music and Drama – is a British composer with a strong musical language and visceral sense of theatre. In his operatic adaptation of Kane’s play, directed by Ted Huffman, the search for love and happiness and the struggle for identity are explored through a fusion of opera with spoken and visual text. The production received five-star reviews across the board and won the 2016 UK Theatre Award for Achievement in Opera.
News and features
10 October 2016
The Royal Opera’s first Composer-in-Residence has been celebrated for his contemporary opera based on Sarah Kane’s extraordinary final play.
25 May 2016
What did you think of the opera inspired by Sarah Kane's iconic final play, staged at the Lyric Hammersmith?
25 May 2016
This masterful final play from one of Britain's greatest dramatists is peppered with musical references.
17 May 2016
Our quick introduction to the first operatic adaptation of Sarah Kane’s astonishing final play.
22 October 2015
The composer makes his Royal Opera debut with this adaptation of Sarah Kane’s powerful final work, the first time Kane’s work has been set to music.