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Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day to be adapted for the stage

Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel The Remains of the Day is being adapted by Barney Norris. Photo: Jeff Cottenden Kazuo Ishiguro, whose novel The Remains of the Day is being adapted by Barney Norris. photo: Jeff Cottenden
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Barney Norris will adapt Kazuo Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day for a new stage production premiering at the Royal and Derngate in Northampton, it has been announced.

The novel will be brought to the stage in collaboration with Ishiguro himself, in a production directed by Christopher Haydon and designed by Lily Arnold.

Norris said: “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.”

The production is one of the Royal and Derngate’s Made in Northampton commissions, and will premiere there in February 2019 in a co-production with Out of Joint and Oxford Playhouse.

The show runs in Northampton from February 23 to March 16, before setting out on a nationwide tour.

It is not the first time The Remains of the Day has been adapted for the theatre – a musical version of the novel was produced in 2010 at the Union Theatre in London.

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