Empire Cinema stages Brief Encounter

A new stage adaptation of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter will open on stage at the Empire Cinema Haymarket in London’s West End in March 2018.

The play has been adapted by artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe Emma Rice. The cast will feature 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.

A chance meeting in a railway station café leads to one of the most haunting and heart-breaking love stories ever told.

This production of Brief Encounter, which was originally produced at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, triumphed in the West End in 2008 and subsequently received critical acclaim on Broadway and went on to tour worldwide.

Rice said: “My production of Brief Encounter combines the romance of cinema with all that live theatre can offer; magic, passion, surprise and suggestion. 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.”

Producers David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers said, “Emma Rice’s award-winning theatrical production of Brief Encounter is one of the highlights of our producing career.

“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.