Brief Encounter

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Brief Encounter

Full Length Play, Drama  /  3f, 7m

Noël Coward, Emma Rice

Noël Coward’s BRIEF ENCOUNTER
adapted for the stage by Emma Rice

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

Photography by Joan Marcus

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 7m
  • Duration
    Duration
    90 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Adaptations (Stage & Screen)
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  • Mandatory Music/Media Fee: £18 per performance

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Summary

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

History
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.
Cast Attributes
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)

Laura Jesson

Alec Harvey

Usher/Fred Jesson/Albert Godby/Stephen Lynn

Usher/Beryl/Waitress/Hermione/Dolly Messiter

Usher/Myrtle/Margaret/Mary

Usher/Stanley/Johnnie

Usher/Bobbie/Bill

  • Time Period 1930s
  • Setting The action of this play takes place in England during the winter of 1938-39.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Play w/ Music
  • Duration 90 minutes

Media

“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

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  • Brief Encounter

    Credit: Joan Marcus

  • Brief Encounter

    Credit: Joan Marcus

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Noël Coward

Noël Peirce Coward was born in 1899 and made his professional stage debut as Prince Mussel in The Goldfish at the age of 12, leading to many child actor appearances over the next few years. His breakthrough in playwriting was the controversial The Vortex (1924), which feature ...

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Emma Rice

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