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Until September 2, 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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Brief Encounter

Laura was happily married until a few weeks ago... A brief encounter with an idealistic doctor Alec, sets the pair on a whirlwind yet doomed romance. Originally written by Noel Coward for David Leon's iconic 1945 film, Kneehigh theatre company and Emma Rice are breathing a breath of fresh air into this classic production.

Emma Rice takes Brief Encounter back to its cinematic roots as it shows at the Empire Cinema Haymarket. This new production of the 40s classic mingles the romance of cinema with the magic that live theatre brings, creating a luscious and heartwarming piece of theatre that is sure not to leave a dry eye in the house.

What's Brief Encounter About

A romantic drama set in 1945 sees Laura attend her weekly shopping trip via Milford Junction train station. After suffering with some grit which has got stuck in her eye Laura enters the stations refreshment room where the Doctor Alec Harvey offers to help. Although both married to another, the pair cannot deny a strong connection that has sparked between them.

Thinking that this is just a friendship Laura and Alec agree to meet again. After a few open outings Laura and Alec realise that their feelings are a lot stronger than they originally thought and fall head over heels in love with another. 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

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