Kneehigh Theatre BRIEF ENCOUNTER (UK)

01/11/2013 - 10/11/2013

Adelaide: 10th Sept - 28th Sept

Canberra: 2nd Oct - 5th Oct

Melbourne: 9th Oct - 27th Oct

Sydney: 1st Nov - 10th Nov

Wollongong: 17th nov - 24th Nov

Perth: 28th Nov - 1st Dec   






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“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.”


Noel Coward’s “Brief Encounter” is remembered as one of the most haunting love stories ever. The award winning Kneehigh Theatre is one of the most loved and admired theatre companies in the country. Emma Rice - presides over the marriage of these two as director and adaptor.


With the characteristic wit and musicality of Kneehigh, the joy and heartache of this timeless story will be brought to the stage - “the company that has put the soul back into storytelling in the theatre(The Guardian).


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



The cast for the English production includes two Australian members - Michelle Nightingale (who plays the lead Laura) and Kate Cheel (cast as Beryl, the tea room assistant). The two have travelled to London to rehearse with the other 6 cast members including UK and US actors Annette McLaughlin, Damon Daunno and Joseph Alessi (from the 2010 Broadway production) and Jim Sturgeon, Dave Brown and James Gow.

"We are really excited to be working with Kate Cheel and Michelle Nightingale" says Emma Rice, joint Artistic Director or Kneehigh and Adaptor and Director of Brief Encounter.



"A first class return to romance"  Daily Telegraph


"Kneehigh’s highly imaginative, mixed-media adaptation is all the more effective for artfully straddling stage and screen" The Independent


"A big-hearted delight which conjures the dreamy innocence of a lost era. Great fun and leaves you with a warm, sentimental glow" Daily Mail


"A delicate, whimsical creation, Exquisite Ben Brantley" The New York Times


"Utterly infused with happy energy, facetious wackiness and outsized hilarity" Washington Examiner


"Vibrantly theatrical and totally absorbing" The New York Observer


"Ingenious theatricality, a dollop of nostalgia, a dose of sentiment and a scent of satire result in a frothy mix" Daily Variety