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Brief Encounter - Full Length Play, Drama

Brief Encounter

Noël Coward, Emma Rice

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Full Length Play, Drama

7m, 3f

ISBN: 9781472505538

Noël Coward’s
BRIEF ENCOUNTERadapted for the stage by Emma Rice

A heart-wrenching, inventive new stage version of the timeless love story.

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: Methuen
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Minimum Fee: $100 per performance

Mandatory Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Full Length Play


Adaptations (Stage & Screen)

90 minutes

Time Period - 1930s

Settings Of Play - The action of this play takes place in England during the winter of 1938-39.


Play w/ Music

Period Costumes

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.


7m, 3f


Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Laura Jesson

Alec Harvey

Usher/Fred Jesson/Albert Godby/Stephen Lynn

Usher/Beryl/Waitress/Hermione/Dolly Messiter




Noël Coward

Noël Coward

Sir Noël Peirce Coward (1899-1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise." Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, Mr. Coward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage début at the age of eleven. As a ... view full profile

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