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11 November, 2019 - 09 December, 2019
03 April, 2019 - 06 April, 2019
An exquisite stage play by one of Britain's most exciting writers, Barney Norris. ★★★★ The Guardian, The Times and What's On Stage. At NST Campus.
A co-production by Out of Joint and Royal & Derngate, Northampton, in association with Oxford Playhouse
By Kazuo Ishiguro
Adaptor Barney Norris
Director Christopher Haydon
Post-show Q&A: 3 April
BSL Interpreted & Audio Described: 6 April 14.30
Captioned performance: Friday 5 April
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.
'A brilliantly paced, impeccably performed piece of theatre.’
What's On Stage
'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'
Stevens - Butler
Mrs Taylor/ Mme Dupont
Tickets starting at: £27, £22, £17, £10
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