Stephen Boxer & Niamh Cusack will lead the UK tour of The Remains of the Day, a co-production between Royal & Derngate, Northampton and Out of Joint, in association with Oxford Playhouse.

Nobel Prize winner Kazuo Ishiguro’s masterpiece has entranced generations as a novel and its story of memory, regret and undeclared love is re-imagined for the stage for the first time by Barney Norris in collaboration with Ishiguro himself.

Stephen Boxer will play the butler Stevens with Niamh Cusack cast in the role of Kenton, roles previously portrayed by Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson in the much-loved film. Boxer’s numerous stage roles include Stories, Macbeth and King Lear (National Theatre) and Regeneration (Royal & Derngate and Touring Consortium Theatre Company).

Cusack’s 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.

Kate Wasserberg, Artistic Director of Out of Joint, said: “Out of Joint are absolutely delighted to be working with Royal & Derngate and Oxford Playhouse to bring Ishiguro’s seminal story to stages around the country. We’re incredibly excited to be working with Barney and Chris to adapt this classic tale of love, loss and regret.”

James Dacre, Artistic Director of Royal & Derngate, added: “After several years of development, we can’t wait to bring the world premiere of the iconic story to the stage. We are thrilled to be working with playwright Barney Norris and delighted to be welcoming Christopher Haydon back to Royal & Derngate.”

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.

The playwill be directed by Christopher Haydon with design by Lily Arnold, lighting design by Mark Howland and sound design by Elena Peña.

The Remains of the Day will open at Royal & Derngate, Northampton in February, with a National Press night on Wednesday 27 February, and will tour nationally from March 2019. The tour venues will include Oxford Playhouse, Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, Salisbury Playhouse, Theatre Royal York, Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Nuffield Southampton Derby Theatre, and Bristol Old Vic.