The Remains of the Day, by Kazuo Ishiguro
(adapted for the stage by Barney Norris)
Open Space Theatre
Stevens, a faithful butler, follows a life of unquestioning loyalty to his English aristocrat employer who, it seems, is being manipulated by Germany’s Nazi Party in the two decades following the First World War. But, as the truth finally emerges, will Stevens come to regret a failure to share his life with the one woman with whom he might have had a fulfilling and loving relationship?
This beautifully structured play is based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s Booker Prize winning novel which was made into an award-winning film starring Emma Thompson and Anthony Hopkins. Spanning the period from the 1920s to the 1950s it follows Stevens on a journey of self-discovery to the West Country, where the life of his former colleague, Miss Kenton, appears to be drowning in unhappiness.
120 minutes, including interval