Show Breakdown: ‘Brief Encounter’
A new stage adaptation of the iconic romantic drama, Brief Encounter, arrives in London this week. Based on the film of the same name, originally starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, the story finds a bored housewife embark on an affair with an attractive doctor she meets at a train station.
You can experience their forbidden romance for yourself with daily £20 Rush tickets, made available via the TodayTix app at 10AM on the day of each performance. Get to know Brief Encounter a little better first with our Show Breakdown.
Laura is a somewhat-happily married woman who meets a handsome doctor, Alec, in a chance meeting at a train station. The pair agree to meet again but as their connection grows, so does the risk. Will they give up their lives and families to be with each other?
A fun fact about this show: it’s based on a shorter play by Noël Coward called Still Life, and inspired the film The Apartment which went on to be the musical Promises, Promises.
Jim Sturgeon plays Alec, a charismatic doctor, and Isabel Pollen stars as Laura, a repressed housewife longing for a bit of adventure. Busybody friends, a patient husband, station workers and more are played by Lucy Thackeray, Dean Nolan, Jos Slovick, Katrina Kleve, Beverly Rudd and Peter Dukes.
Brief Encounter has been adapted and directed by Emma Rice. You may have seen her productions at the Globe Theatre during her time as artistic director, or a production by her company, Kneehigh. In a statement, Emma said of Brief Encounter, “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.”
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