Brief Encounter, Empire Cinema Haymarket, London

Brief Encounter at Empire Cinema Haymarket

Empire Cinema Haymarket, London

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Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter is remembered as one of the most haunting and heart-breaking love stories ever told.

Emma Rice and Kneehigh’s award winning production combines the romance of cinema with all that live theatre can offer; magic, passion and surprise.

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

Following an international tour where it opened to dazzling reviews on Broadway, this award-winning production returns to the West End for a limited season.

Brief Encounter runs from 3 March 2018 until 9 September 2018 at the Empire Cinema Haymarket.


‘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.’


The cast features 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, with Katrina Kleve and Peter Dukes


A Knee-high production adapted and directed by Emma Rice.


★★★★★ ‘Emma Rice’s staging is a total delight. Moving, funny, gripping and even at its most inventive, true to the original and its all-English heart’The Times

Additional Information

Performance dates
Booking to 9 September 2018

Venue Information

Empire Cinema Haymarket, 63-65 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4RL
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Bakerloo line, Piccadilly line), Leicester Square (Northern line, Piccadilly line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 22B, 38, 53, 88, 94, 159

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