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Brief Encounter

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Closed July 22, 2018

the spirit of music hall lives on - along with the spirits of doomed romance and wartime cinema, clipped vowels and buttoned-up exteriors, puppetry and Rachmaninov piano concertos - in this unstoppably entertaining exhumation of Emma Rice's greatest hit.

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Why See Brief Encounter?

I want to remember every minute. Always. Always to the end of my days.

Don't miss out, must close July 22!

Emma Rice and Kneehigh Theatre Company's celebrated adaptation of Noel Coward's 1945 classic returns to London once more, bringing the show back to its cinematic roots with a run at the Empire Cinema Haymarket. Mingling the romance of the silver screen with the magic of live theatre, Brief Encounter is a luscious and heartwarming experience that is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house.

Starring Jim Sturgeon as Alec Isabel Pollen as Laura, the production has already enjoyed sold-out runs across the world, proving that even though our trains have got a little more high-tech, there is nothing like a classic tale to keep us rapt.

What's Brief Encounter About

A romantic drama set in 1945, Brief Encounter sees housewife Laura set off on her weekly shopping trip via Milford Junction train station. After getting some grit stuck in her eye, she retreats to the station's waiting room, where Doctor Alec Harvey offers to help. Although both married to another, the pair cannot deny the instant connection that spraks between them.

As they battle with the anguish of infidelity but the realisation that they cannot be apart, they must decide whether to tear their lives apart or to simply let one another go...

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Opening night: 11 March 2018

Cast and Creative


Jim Sturgeon as Alec 
Isabel Pollen as Laura
Lucy Thackeray as Myrtle
Beverly Rudd as Beryl
Jos Slovick as Stanley 
Dean Nolan as Fred/Albert
Katrina Kleve and Peter Dukes completing the ensemble.


Emma Rice directs

What we thought


Noel Coward's classic romance gets a zany and magnetic update

Noel Coward's classic romance gets a zany and magnetic update in this utterly brilliant show from Kneehigh Theatre and Emma Rice. Now in the second month of a welcome revival at the Empire Theatre Haymarket

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Kitty McCarron

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