Your heart dances. The world seems strange and new. You want to laugh and skip and fall forever… You are in love. You are in love with the wrong person. Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet, fall passionately in love but are doomed never to find fulfilment.
David Lean's iconic 1945 movie, Brief Encounter, was written by Noel Coward and was based on one of his one-act plays, Still Life, written a decade earlier. Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre Company, has adapted this timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with nine Coward ditties.
Read more about why we love Brief Encounter on the Samuel French blog
“A first-class return to romance” – Charles Spencer, Telegraph
“A delicate, whimsical creation. Exquisite”
– Ben Brantley, New York Times
“Ms. Rice and her wonderful company have
made it possible to embrace “Brief Encounter” once more with feeling...” – Ben Brantley, New York Times
“...a witty and sympathetic homage to
Coward's unforgettable portrayal of English reserve and romance.” – Charles Spencer, Daily Telegraph
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld presented Kneehigh's production of Noel Coward's Brief Encounter, adapted by Emma Rice, at the Cinema Haymarket on 2nd February 2008.