Musical (2010)

Musique: Alex Loveless
Paroles: Alex Loveless
Livret: Alex Loveless
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Lord Darlington’s butler, Stevens, is rigorously devoted to duty and honour at great cost to his personal happiness. His sense of class and tradition causes him to abandon the bedside of his dying father in order to wait on his lord and a party of Nazi sympathising house guests. At the heart of the story is the many years of non-romance between Stevens and Miss Kenton, the housekeeper – a romance that might have flourished were it not for Steven’s obsessive devotion to “service”. After the war, Stevens is forced to ponder the true nature of his relationship with Miss Kenton and his own criminal passivity in the face of his master’s fascist politics. Miss Kenton, it later emerges, has been married for over 20 years and therefore is no longer Miss Kenton but has become Mrs Benn. She admits to wondering occasionally what a life with Stevens might have been like, but she has come to love her husband and is looking forward to the birth of their first grandchild. Stevens muses over lost opportunities, both with Miss Kenton and, with the death of Lord Darlington, focuses on the "remains of his day", referring to his future service with Mr Farraday.

The Booker prize-winning novel by Nagasaki-born Kazuo Ishiguro was adapted into a 1993 film starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson, and was nominated for eight Academy Awards. This musical adaptation received mixed notices.

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Remains of the day (The) (2010-09-Union Theatre-London)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Union Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mercredi 01 septembre 2010
Première : jeudi 02 septembre 2010
Dernière : samedi 25 septembre 2010
Mise en scène : Omar F. Okai • Chris Loveless
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Avec : Stephen Rashbrook (Stevens), Lucy Bradshaw (Miss Kenton), Alan Vicary (Lord Darlington), Dudley Rogers (Stevens Senior), Reuben Kaye (Mr Farraday), Christopher Bartlett, Adrian Beaumont, Hannah Bingham, Sophie Jugé, Gemma Salter, Katia Sartini, Paul Tate, Leejay Townsend, Rebecca Whitbread.
Presse : “A sophisticated piece of musical theatre…” Evening Standard

“Rashbrook gives a marvellously restrained performance that hints at the unexplored depths of Stevens’s soul and he and Bradshaw, plus a top-notch ensemble, make easy work of the songs, many of which have a solemn and hymn-like feel. It’s not all gloom, though, with the frothy music hall number The End of the Pier to lighten the mood. A canny West End producer could do far worse than to tweak this fine show for a transfer” Fiona Mountford, Evening Standard

“Bradshaw is utterly sublime as the strong-minded housekeeper” The Stage

“A combination of dramatic dialogue, singing, and dancing brought the characters to life with an emotional subtlety that bewitched the audience in the Union Theatre” Extra Extra

"The songs are almost always well-integrated, intelligently written, and subtly performed. Although Loveless’ adaptation does not quite pack what we feel is its potential punch, it does suggest a wealth of potential"

“It is therefore this skillful blend of all the essential elements that means The Remains of the day tugs at the heartstrings with such strength that one wishes this was staged in a larger space, with more people able to experience it. **** ” RemoteGoat

“Loveless has created a musical that celebrates the individuality of each character, as proved by the memorable scenes between Bradshaw and Rashbrook.” Spoonfed

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