York Theatre Royal presents Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day

Fancy seeing an adaptation of 2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazu Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day?

The much-loved story is about a proud butler who visits a friend from the past to resolve some of his past moral quandaries.

The stage re-imagining has been created by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Barney Norris, in collaboration with Ishiguro himself. It’s directed by Christopher Haydon, who most recently directed Royal & Derngate Northampton’s co-production of The Caretaker.

Lily Arnold, who designed The Secret Garden at York Theatre Royal last year, has designed this production. She is clearly a creative and innovative thinker so it will be interesting to see what she comes up with for this adaptation.

Leading the cast is Stephen Boxer as the butler Stevens. Having performed in classics such as Macbeth and King Lear, it’s safe to say the production is in good hands. He is joined by Niamh Cusack who will play Kenton.

The cast also includes Stephen Critchlow, Pip Donaghy, Edward Franklin, Miles Richardson, Sadie Shimmin and Patrick Toomey.

Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director of Out of Joint, said: “Out of Joint are absolutely delighted to be working with Royal & Derngate and Oxford Playhouse to bring Ishiguro’s seminal story to stages around the country. We’re incredibly excited to be working with Barney and Chris to adapt this classic tale of love, loss and regret.”

James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, added: “After several years of development, we can’t wait to bring the world premiere of the iconic story to the stage. We are thrilled to be working with playwright Barney Norris and delighted to be welcoming Christopher Haydon back to Royal & Derngate.”

Don’t miss The Remains of the Day when it comes to York Theatre Royal from 19th-23rd March.

Photography credited to Iona Firouzabadi

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