Kneehigh Theatre’s production of Noël Coward’s play will arrive in London following runs at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre and The Lowry, Salford.
“I’m a happily married woman. Or rather I was until a few weeks ago. This is my whole world and it’s enough, or rather it was until a few weeks ago.”
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.
“That’s how it all began. Just by me getting a little piece of grit in my eye.”
Emma Rice’s production will arrive at the Empire Cinema Haymarket from the 2nd March, playing a limited season until the 2 September 2018.
Talking about the news Emma Rice said: “I’ve always loved getting lost in the dark, and the cinema is one of the best places to do it. However, a film doesn’t change. It carries on whether you are there or not; performances are captured forever, never altering. My production of Brief Encounter combines the romance of cinema with all that live theatre can offer; magic, passion, surprise, suggestion and naughtiness. I carry this show in my heart and couldn’t be more excited to return to this heart-pounding production and bring it back to its rightful home at the Empire Cinema. Radical and romantic, nostalgic but oh, so relevant – let passions ignite!”
The production was originally produced at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, triumphed in the West End in 2008 and subsequently received great critical acclaim on Broadway and went on to tour worldwide.
Brief Encounter is set to star Jim Sturgeon as Alec, Isabel Pollen as Laura, Lucy Thackeray as Myrtle, Beverly Rudd as Beryl, Jos Slovick as Stanley and Dean Nolan as Fred/Albert, with Katrina Kleve and Peter Dukes.
Meanwhile, the production will be designed by Neil Murray, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, original music by Stu Barker, sound by Simon Baker and projection by Gemma Carrington & Jon Driscoll.
Brief Encounter will play at the Empire Cinema Haymarket from the 2nd March until the 2nd September 2018.