Kurt Cobain’s estate slams Royal Opera House for ‘unauthorised attempt to cash in’ on Last Days show

Kurt Cobain’s estate have slammed the Royal Opera House for their ‘unauthorised’ Last Days show, which retells the Nirvana singer’s suicide.

The Royal Opera House’s production of the 2005 Gus Van Sant film of the same name, which retells Cobain’s final hours alone before he took his own life, had a string of dates at the London venue this week.

But the estate of the late Nirvana frontman has exclusively told MailOnline that the broadcasts were not authorized and the production is ‘an attempt to cash in’ on the harrowing end of his life.

Breaking: Kurt Cobain's estate has slammed the Royal Opera House for their 'unauthorised' Last Days show (pictured) which retells the Nirvana singer's suicide

Breaking: Kurt Cobain’s estate has slammed the Royal Opera House for their ‘unauthorised’ Last Days show (pictured) which retells the Nirvana singer’s suicide

A representative for Kurt Cobain’s estate told MailOnline: ‘This show has been created and written without permission or input from the Cobain estate.

‘Unfortunately, it is an unauthorized attempt to take advantage of a brief meeting that took place thirty years ago.’

A Royal Opera House spokesman said: ‘The Royal Opera’s production of Last Days is adapted from Gus Van Sant’s cult film of the same name, released in 2005.

‘It is a fictionalized account and was produced with the permission of Gus Van Sant and HBO.’

The story is based on a man named Blake, who is based on Kurt Cobain, an introspective artist who feels isolated under the ‘weight’ of fame.

Struggling with drug addiction, he committed suicide at the young age of 27 in his Seattle home in April 1994.

Blake, an introspective artist, feels isolated and lonely under the weight of fame, drug addiction and professional obligations. He chooses to spend his last hours all alone.

Last Hours: The Royal Opera House's production of the 2005 Gus Van Sant film of the same name, which retells Cobain's (pictured in 1993) last hours alone before taking his own life

Last Hours: The Royal Opera House’s production of the 2005 Gus Van Sant film of the same name, which retells Cobain’s (pictured in 1993) last hours alone before taking his own life

The Royal Opera House’s website describes the opera’s take on the story: ‘Blake, a musician, has recently escaped rehab to return home.

‘But he is haunted by objects, visitors and memories that distract him from his true purpose – self-destruction.

‘Adapted from Gus Van Sant’s 2005 film based on Kurt Cobain’s final days, this new opera delves into the torment that created a modern myth.’

The composer is by Oliver Leith with directors Matt Copson, Anna Morrisey and the libretto by Matt Copson. So far it has had all five and four star reviews.

Kurt had a child with American singer Courtney Love, 58 – Frances Bean Cobain, 30, who is a model and visual artist.

Frances’ father struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues throughout his life. She was just shy of two years old at the time.

Ruined family: Cobain, pictured with wife Courtney Love and daughter Francis Bean, ruled a suicide by police

Ruined family: Cobain, pictured with wife Courtney Love and daughter Francis Bean, ruled a suicide by police

Her mother, Courtney, was married to Kurt from 1992 until his death. Frances inherited 37 percent of her late father’s estate in December 2009.

In 2019, she revealed that she feels ‘guilt’ about inheriting the money, which is reported to be more than $95,000 a month, because she ‘didn’t earn it,’ People reported.

“It’s almost like this big, giant loan that I’ll never get rid of,” she explained during an episode of RuPaul: What’s The Tee? podcast.

‘I have an almost alien relationship with it or guilt because it feels like money from someone I’ve never met, let alone earned myself.’

Nirvana burst out of the underground and into the mainstream music scene in 1991 with the release of their seminal album Nevermind, which featured their powerful lead single Smells Like Teen Spirit.

For the next three years, the Seattle-based rockers went on to become one of the biggest bands in the world, selling over 75 million records worldwide.

Finally, Nirvana was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in their first year of eligibility in 2014.

Mother and daughter: Frances (pictured with her mother in 2018) was just four months short of her second birthday when her father died

Mother and daughter: Frances (pictured with her mother in 2018) was just four months short of her second birthday when her father died

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