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.
Noel Coward's Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting
love stories on screen ever. Drawing on the characteristic wit and
musicality of Kneehigh, Emma Rice, former Joint Artistic Director of the
Company, has adapted Coward's classic 1945 screenplay, and the one-act
play Still Life on which it was based, into a richly theatrical,
imaginative and vibrant piece of theatre. From an original idea by
David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Kneehigh's production received its world
premiere in 2008.
This edition is published to coincide with
the production's run live at the Empire Cinema in London's West End for
2018, co-produced by Steve and Jenny Wiener and The Old Vic. With an
updated foreword by Emma Rice.
Read more about why we love Brief Encounter on the Samuel French blog