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  • Friday 10 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    8 tickets

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  • Saturday 11 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    13 tickets

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  • Tuesday 14 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    46 tickets

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  • Wednesday 15 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    59 tickets

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  • Friday 17 October 2014, 7.45pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    51 tickets

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  • Saturday 18 October 2014, 6pm | Linbury Studio Theatre
    Conductor
    Rafferty
    Orchestra
    Music Theatre Wales Ensemble
    Fraülein Bürstner/ Leni
    Forbes
    Frau Grubach/ Washerwoman
    Hellier
    Titorelli/ Flogger/ Student
    Curievici
    Franz/ Block
    Bennett
    Josef K
    Herford
    Magistrate/ Assistant/ Lawyer
    Thomas
    Willem/ Usher/ Clerk/ Priest
    Folwell
    Inspector/ Uncle
    Druiett

    32 tickets

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The Story

On his 30th birthday Josef K. is arrested by an unknown authority for an unspecified crime. All his efforts to understand the charge are foiled. Those around him are deeply concerned that he is not taking the case seriously.

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Background

The Trial is Philip Glass's second 'pocket' opera based on the writings of Franz Kafka, and his first work created specifically for Music Theatre Wales, in celebration of the company's 25th birthday. Glass has a long relationship with the company, describing them as 'wonderful to work with… they seem to like these "odd" pieces of mine, and they do them very well. I think of my pocket operas as neutron bombs – small, but packing a terrific punch'.

Glass has won worldwide acclaim for his operas, which include Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach. Music Theatre Wales gave a sell-out tour in 2010 of Glass's previous Kafka opera, In the Penal Colony, a work of blistering intensity and dark claustrophobia. Playwright and screenwriter Christopher Hampton (whose opera credits include Glass's Appomattox) collaborates with Glass on this adaptation of one of the great classics of 20th-century literature.