Emma Rice’s Brief Encounter announces West End run

Jim Sturgeon and Isabel Pollen in Brief Encounter, Photo: Simon Turtle
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Kneehigh’s production of Brief Encounter will run at the Empire Cinema in London’s West End.

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice, the Noel Coward play will show at the cinema from March 2 to September 2, with press night on March 11.

Brief Encounter will be produced live on stage by David Pugh and Dafydd Rogers, Jenny and Steve Wiener and the Old Vic.

Prior to the West End, Brief Encounter will play Birmingham Repertory Theatre from February 2 to 17 and the Lowry in Salford from February 20 to 24

The cast will feature Jim Sturgeo, Isabel Polle, Lucy Thackeray, Beverly Rudd, Jos Slovick, Dean Nolan, Katrina Kleve and Peter Dukes.

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.”

Producers Pugh and Rogers said: “It is incredibly exciting to bring it back to London’s West End after it has triumphed all over the world and to present it in the restored Empire Cinema, which was built in 1926 as the Carlton Theatre.

“Our wonderful stage production of Brief Encounter switches between live action and film, so we will once again be turning the cinema into a theatre especially for this show.”

Brief Encounter is designed by Neil Murray, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, original music by Stu Barker, sound by Simon Baker and projection by Gemma Carrington and Jon Driscoll.