Stage set for literary classic

The Trial. Photo: Savannah Photographic.
The Trial. Photo: Savannah Photographic.

BUXTON Opera House will be the setting for Steve Berkoff’s 20th century classic drama The Trial.

This stage adaptation of Franz Kafka’s literary masterpiece will be performed at the Water Street venue on Monday February 27, at 7.30pm.

It tells the story of Joseph K, an estranged and rootless citizen, who is the victim of anonymous governing forces beyond his control.

Deceived by authoritarian power, he is relentlessly hunted down for a crime that remains nameless.

Finding himself arrested and awaiting trial, K sinks deeper and deeper as he tries to escape through twists and turns that are at once shocking, thrilling and funny.

Kafka’s universal parable about the human condition is retold in Berkoff’s startlingly original, fresh and endlessly surprising play, which Blackeyed Theatre brings back to the stage in their inimitable way.

Kafka’s nightmare vision, Berkoff’s crackling script and Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre combine to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of drama, ideal for lovers of pure theatre and those studying the ‘Berkovian’ theatre style.

Tickets for The Trial, priced £14, are available from the Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or online at