Brief Encounter

"A first class return to romance"  Daily Telegraph

"Exquisite" New York Times

"Vibrantly theatrical and totally absorbing"  The New York Observer


Noel Coward's

Brief Encounter

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice

Originally commissioned and produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld


“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.”

Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories ever. This award-winning Kneehigh production has triumphed in the West End, toured the globe and opened to dazzling reviews on Broadway. It has won the hearts of audiences and critics alike.

"I want to remember every minute. Always. Always to the end of my days."

The cast features 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.

A Kneehigh Theatre production produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers, Jenny & Steve Wiener and The Old Vic. This production runs at the Empire Cinema Haymarket in London’s West End, 63-65 Haymarket, St James’s, London SW1Y 4RL

*Please contact the Old Vic theatre if you have any queries about this production. 


Kneehigh's Brief Encounter is adapted from Noël Coward’s play Still Life and his screenplay Brief Encounter. with additional verse and lyrics by Noël Coward. Originally produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Cineworld. STILL LIFE © NC Aventales AG 1936. BRIEF ENCOUNTER © NC Aventales AG 1946. This version © NC Aventales AG 2007. Copyright agent:  Alan Brodie Representation Ltd;


Director   Emma Rice
Designer   Neil Murray
Lighting Designer   Malcolm Rippeth
Sound Designer   Simon Baker
AV Designer   John Driscoll & Gemma Carrington
Casting Director   Sarah Bird

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