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Brief Encounter Theatre Breaks

Empire Cinema Haymarket, 63-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL.

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  • Alec & Laura meet at a railway station waiting room
  • Isabel Pollen plays Laura who is plagued by guilt about her affair
  • Noel Coward’s classic love story returns to the London stage
  • Brief Encounter, was voted one of the best British films of all time in 2017
  • A classic love story, an ideal show for couples
  • "Emma Rice's staging of Noel Coward's screenplay is a total delight" - The Times

Brief Encounter Theatre Show Information

Noel Coward’s classic love story returns to the London stage in a new production directed by Emma Rice.

About Brief Encounter

Kneehigh Theatre presents Emma Rice’s new adaption of Brief Encounter. Using a combination of Noel Coward’s one act play, “Still Life” and the screenplay of David Lean’s classic film, Brief Encounter tells the story of an affair conducted after a chance meeting at a railway station. Jim Sturgeon plays Alec, with Isabel Pollen as Laura, and Lucy Thackeray as Myrtle. The cast also features Beverly Rudd as Beryl, Jos Slovick as Stanley, and Dean Nolan as Fred/Albert.

Already a triumph in the West End, Kneehigh’s production of Brief Encounter has toured the globe and opened on Broadway to dazzling reviews:

"Emma Rice's staging of Noel Coward's screenplay is a total delight. Moving, funny, gripping and even at its most inventive, true to the original and its all-English heart. "- The Times

"Surely the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie." - The New York Times

The Story

Brief Encounter tells the story of a clandestine love affair between Alec and Laura; two respectable, married people who meet by chance in a railway station waiting room. Although their relationship is platonic at first, it slowly develops over time until they are both overcome with feelings of guilt and agree to end their affair.

History of Brief Encounter

Brief Encounter is based on Noel Coward’s play “Still Life” which was first performed in London in 1936. Coward adapted his own work into a screenplay for David Lean’s 1945 film, which first used the name “Brief Encounter”. The film was a hit at the box office and has gone on to become one of the most highly regarded British films of all time.

Show Times

Evenings: Tuesday - Saturday: 7.30pm

Matinees: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday: 3.00pm

Running time: 90 minutes no interval


Travel Facilities

  • Nearest Tube/Metro Name: The Nearest Tube Stations Are Leicester Square Or Piccadilly Circus.
  • Nearest Rail Name: Nearby Charing Cross Station, Served By South East Rail Is Only A 10 Minute Walk From The Cinema.

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