Kafka's Monkey by Franz Kafka

Kafka's Monkey

Franz Kafka
Young Vic
Directed by Walter Meierjohann

"Esteemed members of the Academy! You have done me the great honour of inviting me to give you an account of my former life as an ape.”

Kafka’s Monkey is based on ‘A Report to an Academy’, a story by Franz Kafka in which an ape, Red Peter, gives a lecture about his transformation from ape to human.

This production was captured by Digital Theatre live at London’s Young Vic, and was adapted by Colin Teevan and directed by Walter Meierjohann. It features an extraordinary critically acclaimed performance from Kathryn Hunter, founding member of Complicite, as Red Peter.


Production duration: 53 min 5 sec

Cast & creative team


  • Red Peter, The Ape
    Kathryn Hunter


  • Walter Meierjohann
  • Colin Teevan
  • Steffi Wurster
  • Richard Hudson
  • Mike Gunning
  • Nikola Kodjabashia
    Sound & Music
  • Ilan Reichel
  • Mia Theil Have
    Assistant Direction
  • Lucy Parkes
    Stage Manager
  • Catherine Kodicek
    Costume Supervisor
  • Temijin Gill
    Tap Instructor
  • Stewart Pemberton
    Hat Tricks Instructor