The Remains of the Day

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2017 Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s literary masterpiece of undeclared love has entranced generations as a novel and film.

Starring Stephen Boxer and Niamh Cusack, Oxford Playhouse is delighted to be co-producing this World Premiere stage production, adapted by one of Britain’s most exciting young writers, Barney Norris.

A deeply atmospheric drama about time and memory, loneliness and longing, The Remains of the Day depicts the morally-compromised truth behind a world of manicured gardens, formal dinners and grand houses. As the fires rage through England during and after the Second World War, we get an intimate glimpse into one man’s half-lived life, realised too late.

The cast will be led by Stephen Boxer as the butler Stevens. His credits include Stories, Macbeth and King Lear (National Theatre) and Regeneration. Kenton is played by Niamh Cusack whose stage credits include My Brilliant Friend 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.

Age guideline 12+

  • Tue 16 Apr 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Wed 17 Apr 7:30 PM Captioned

    Captioned performances are excellent for people who are deaf, deafened and hard of hearing. In these performances, the text of the performance is displayed above and to the side of the stage. They may also be of interest for those whose first language isn’t English and for anyone who finds it helpful to follow the text during a show.

  • Thu 18 Apr 2:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Thu 18 Apr 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Fri 19 Apr 8:00 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00
  • Sat 20 Apr 2:30 PM Audio Described

    Audio described performances are designed for blind or partially sighted audience members. Via headphones, a live narrator describes the action in the pauses between the onstage dialogue.  Touch tours accompany audio described performances

  • Sat 20 Apr 7:30 PM £30.00/£21.00/£15.00/£10.00

An unmissable theatrical and literary treat.

Louise Chantal


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  • Tue 16 April 7:30 PM
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  • Thu 18 April 2:30 PM
  • Thu 18 April 7:30 PM
  • Fri 19 April 8:00 PM
  • Sat 20 April 2:30 PM
  • Sat 20 April 7:30 PM

A Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Out of Joint co-production in association with Oxford Playhouse

Based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro

Adapted by Barney Norris

Directed by Christopher Haydon


Full Circle and Enjoy get 50% off a pair of tickets for opening night or Saturday matinee.

  • A brilliantly paced, impeccably performed piece of theatre
    What's On Stage
  • A moving and clever portrait of a search for some kind of redemption after a life lived in service to others
    Broadway World
  • Well-orchestrated, cerebral theatre
  • This is a moving and clever portrait of a search for some kind of redemption after a life lived in service to others.
    Broadway World
  • This production is as close to perfect as you can get.
    West End Wilma
  • An extraordinary piece of theatre.
    The Reviews Hub
  • Stephen Boxer’s performance is astounding.
    What's good to do

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