“A class return to romance” The Daily Telegraph
“Exquisite” The New York Times
“Vibrantly theatrical and totally absorbing” The New York Observer
Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter is regarded as one of the most haunting and moving love stories ever. Kneehigh’s award-winning theatre production, adapted and directed by Emma Rice, received rave reviews after touring globally.
Kneehigh are a UK based theatre company, recognised both nationally and globally. The theatre company was founded over 30 years ago, yet continue to engage and entertain audiences with their characteristic wit and musicality. Kneehigh are currently running their adaptation of the classic 1945 Hollywood film, Brief Encounter.
Brief Encounter, is a romantic drama directed by David Lean about British suburban life prior to World War 2. The narrative centres around two strangers meeting in a railway station, exposing a women’s temptations to cheat on her husband.
Kneehigh’s production has recently returned to a London cinema, with integrated archive footage and live action creating an immersive and enchanting production. The production was initially shown in the converted Empire Cinema on London’s Haymarket in 2008, to which it received four Olivier nominations, two Tony nominations and the design won an Evening Standard award and a Critics Circle award, before being performed around the world. The renowned production has now returned to the Empire for a six-month run, and Spotlight suggests snapping up tickets fast.
Not only does Brief Encounter tell a haunting love story, the production is recognised for its pioneering projection, which places Kneehigh’s production somewhere between theatre and cinema. The production’s live action blends seamlessly with the archive footage shown on a big screen behind the cast, with animations bleeding into reality exquisitely.
Brief Encounter is certainly a must see and is currently on at London’s Haymarket, tickets available from £51.