The Remains of the Day
Based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.
Adapted by Barney Norris
York Theatre Royal, 19 – 23 March
Stephen Boxer and Niamh Cusack lead the cast of The Remains of the Day which comes to York Theatre Royal from 19 to 23 March.
2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece has entranced generations as a novel. Now the story of memory, regret and undeclared love is re-imagined for the stage for the first time by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers Barney Norris in collaboration with Ishiguro himself.
Through the memories of a proud butler, we discover the shocking, morally compromised truth behind the manicured gardens and grand receptions of an English stately home. Years later, faced with a life half-lived, he sets out on a journey to find the friend from his past who might finally offer him redemption.
The Remains of the Day is directed by Christopher Haydon, who recently directed Royal & Derngate Northampton’s co-production of The Caretaker.
The production is designed by Lily Arnold. She designed The Secret Garden at York Theatre Royal last summer. Lighting design is by Mark Howland and sound design is by Elena Pena.
The cast is led by Stephen Boxer as the butler Stevens. His credits include Stories, Macbeth and King Lear (National Theatre) and Regeneration (Royal & Derngate and Touring Consortium Theatre Company). Kenton is played by Niamh Cusack, whose stage credits include My Brilliant Friends at Rose Theatre Kingston and The Winter’s Tale at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.
The cast also includes Stephen Critchlow, Pip Donaghy, Edward Franklin, Miles Richardson, Sadie Shimmin and Patrick Toomey.