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Noël Coward's


adapted for the stage by Emma Rice

Thu 14 Oct 2021 - Sat 13 Nov 2021

“I want to remember every minute. Always.”

A chance meeting between Laura and Alec in a train station tearoom leads to an impossible love affair. Engulfed by a sea of emotions, will they be swept ashore together, or will the tides of change pull them apart?

Noël Coward’s timeless tale of happiness and heartache is reimagined for the stage in a dazzling new production of this epic love story. With music and movement to make your heart soar, this playful and inventive production will take you by the hand and whisk you on a journey through all of love’s beautiful complications.  

Running time:

Age guidance: 10+  


Praise for Emma Rice’s adaptation of Brief Encounter:

‘Film classic gains fresh layers of mischief and humour on stage.’

Evening Standard 


‘A first-class return to romance.’

The Telegraph


Socially Distanced Performances

We understand that some audience members may feel more comfortable attending a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members, so we are pleased to offer two socially distanced performances each week during Brief Encounter. Audience members will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt) when attending a socially distanced performance.



Wednesday 20 October 2.30pm

Friday 22 October 7.30pm 

Tuesday 26 October 7.30pm

Saturday 30th October 2.30pm  



Friday 5 November 7.30pm 

Tuesday 9 November 7.30pm 

Saturday 13 November 2.30pm  


Accessible Performances

Audio Described by Jane Brambley

Saturday 13 November at 2.30pm (Touch Tour starts at 1pm). To book tickets and reserve a headset for the Audio Described performance, please call the Box Office on 01635 46044.


For further information about accessible performances please visit our Access page.



Director Robert Kirby
Designer Harry Pizzey
Choreographer Anjali Mehra
Lighting Designer Ali Hunter
Sound Designer Yvonne Gilbert
Composer and Musical Director Eamonn O’Dwyer
Foley Sound Consultant Ruth Sullivan
Show Musical Director Max Gallagher
Deputy Stage Manager Rose Burston
Assistant Stage Managers Caitlin Ravenscroft and Anna Reid
Casting Assistant Emily Beck
Audio Description Jane Brambley



Laura Lake Adebisi

Laura Jesson

Oliver Aston

Stanley / Johnnie

Charles Angiama

Albert Godby / Fred

Max Gallagher


Hanna Khogali

Beryl / Dolly

Callum McIntyre

Alec Harvey

Kate Milner-Evans

Myrtle Bagot