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Brief Encounter

Wallis Annenberg Center of the Performing Arts


Brief Encounter

Kneehigh Theatre Presents
Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter
Adapted for the stage and directed by Emma Rice

Switching seamlessly between theater and film using a combination of Noël Coward’s original stage play Still Life and the screenplay of Brief Encounter, Emma Rice, Kneehigh Theatre’s Artistic Director, takes you back to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen. Forbidden passion brews in a 1938 London railway station tearoom as a suburban housewife, over a series of stolen afternoons, falls madly in love with a married doctor. This groundbreaking theatrical event – ingeniously crafted with whimsical humor, dreamy romance and stunning multimedia effects – was hailed as “a first-class return to romance” (Daily Telegraph) and The New York Times said “Don’t be ashamed if you, feel a bit like swooning.” The San Francisco Chronicle raved “Every so often a theater piece comes to town that is so brilliantly conceived and executed, so entertaining on every level, that you want everyone you love or even just like a bit to see it. Brief Encounter is that kind of experience.”