Royal & Derngate, Northampton, announces World Premiere of Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘The Remains of the Day’

Artistic Director of Northampton’s Royal & Derngate, James Dacre has today announced that the Royal & Derngate commission of Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, adapted by Barney Norris, will receive its world premiere at Royal & Derngate from Saturday 23 February to Saturday 16 March, 2019, prior to a nationwide Out of Joint tour.

The Remains of the Day will be directed by Christopher Haydon and designed by Lily Arnold.

Full casting and creative team will be announced in due course.



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.


Kazuo Ishiguro by Jeff Cottenden


Barney Norrris said:

“This is a deeply emotional project for me, a chance to work with three companies I care for very much. There have been Norrises living in Northamptonshire as far back as records go, so to work in Northampton and get to share a play with my family there is glorious. To do that while also working with Oxford Playhouse, where I had my first job in the theatre and am still an associate now, and Out of Joint, the company that made me want to work in this trade and where I worked in the office for a couple of years, is a very precious opportunity. The Remains of the Day is one of those stories that appear every now and again which seem, almost as soon as they’re written, to belong to the world. It has entered the bloodstream of our culture. To work with such extraordinary material is a great gift.”


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