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★ ★ ★ ★ Well-orchestrated, cerebral theatre ”
The Guardian

2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece of undeclared love has entranced generations as a novel and a BAFTA-winning Merchant Ivory film. Now breathtakingly re-imagined for the stage, this story of memory and regret receives its world premiere at Royal & Derngate before embarking on an Out of Joint tour.

The fires of the Second World War rage through England. 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 and love.

The Remains of the Day is adapted by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Barney Norris (Critics’ Circle Award for Most Promising Playwright; Times best-selling novelist), directed by Christopher Haydon (The Caretaker) and designed by Lily Arnold (Rules for Living).

Royal & Derngate, Northampton
Saturday 23 February to Saturday 16 March

Then Touring
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1930s England. Darlington Hall runs like clockwork under one of the last truly great butlers. Reserved and dutiful like his father before him and with the funny and forthright housekeeper Kenton by his side, Stevens faithfully serves his employer. Meanwhile, England stands on a precipice, as fascism builds and boils in Europe.

20 years later, Stevens travels to find an old friend, remembering choices made and not made, journeying to one last chance at happiness.

2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel, which became a beloved Merchant Ivory film, is a story for anyone who has ever been afraid to follow their heart.

Now transformed into an exquisite stage play by one of Britain’s most exciting writers (Barney Norris), it receives its world premiere at Royal & Derngate before embarking on a major national tour.


Creative Team


Barney Norris


Christopher Haydon


Lily Arnold

Lighting Designer

Mark Howland

Sound Designer

Elena Peña


Sophie Cotton

Movement Director

Lucy Cullingford

Video Designer

Andrzej Goulding

Casting Director

Gabrielle Dawes CDG

Assistant Director

Matilda Reith

Dialect Coach

Tim Charrington

Production Manager

Andy Reader

Company Stage Manager

Simon Perkins

Deputy Stage Manager

Lara Mattison

Assistant Stage Manager

Ami Gaskin

Wardrobe Manager

Jess Siddall

★ ★ ★ ★ A brilliantly paced, impeccably performed piece of theatre

★ ★ ★ ★

The Times

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ This production is as close to perfect as you can get.

★ ★ ★ ★

The Telegraph

★ ★ ★ ★
This is a moving and clever portrait of a search for some kind of redemption after a life lived in service to others.

"…the novel has entered the bloodstream of our culture. To work with such extraordinary material is a great gift."

Barney Norris | Adaptor

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