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Empire Cinema , London4.7134 reviews
Noel Coward's classic love story returns to the West End.

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Brief Encounter Tickets are now available for Emma Rice's production at the newly restored Empire Cinema.


A chance meeting in a railway station café where they were brought together by Laura ‘getting a little piece of grit in my eye’, led to one of the most haunting and heart-breaking love stories ever told. The award-winning Kneehigh production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, which was originally produced at Birmingham Repertory Theatre, triumphed in the West End in 2008 and subsequently received great critical acclaim on Broadway and went on to tour worldwide. It was described by Ben Brantley in the New York Times as ‘surely the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie.’

The cast will feature 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.

Brief Encounter will be directed by Emma Rice, designed by Neil Murray, with lighting by Malcolm Rippeth, original music by Stu Barker, sound by Simon Baker and projection by Gemma Carrington & Jon Driscoll.

You may know the movie but don't miss the chance to experience this heartbreaking but uplifting love story in a thrilling new format.  Tickets for Brief Encounter at London's Empire Cinema are available now!

"Vibrantly theatrical and totally absorbing"  The New York Observer
"A first class return to romance"  Daily Telegraph
"The most enchanting piece of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie" The New York Times


Additional Information

Age restriction

Children under 3 will not be admitted.

Running time

90min (no interval)

Performance dates

3 March 2018 - 2 December 2018

Venue Information

Empire Cinema 63-65 Haymarket, Westminster, London, SW1Y 4R

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£52.50 now £25.50

£39.50 now £25

Valid for ALL performances.

Customer Reviews

134 reviews4.7

Caroline Rushworth30th July

Absolutely loved this show, incredibly talented cast. I felt swept away to a magical world for two hours... wish I could go back and see it again and again!

Arlindo Rodrigues25th July

It was simply one of the most inventive, funny, touching and entertaining pieces of musical theatre I've ever seen! Such an amazing cast and such effective staging - superb!

Jennie23rd July

Very clever, and all the elements were well done, but I didn't really feel they fitted together to make a coherent whole. Brief Encounter is such a beautiful and sad story that having comic songs interspersed with it seemed to jar a bit. Maybe if you didn't know the film and weren't expecting the melancholy it would have been fine.

Kelly Jenkinso22nd July

Loved the performance and would definitely go and see something at this location or by kneehigh again

Deirdre Bowdery20th July

Really superb production - cannot fault in any way. A definite 'must see' if possible before it closes this Sunday!

David Wyllie18th July

Great show and great price for tickets. No problems, received tickets in plenty time.Would definitely use London Theatre Direct again.

Renan Sadrant16th July

Great show, wonderfull comedians

Ross Harrison15th July

It was an excellent and innovative rendition of an old film. First rate acting and musicianship.

tina alexandrou15th July

Innovative, charming production. Great cast put on a witty and heart warming story

Hayley Ranson13th July

Funny, quirky and different. Would recommend you see this.

Anthony Farinacci13th July

Brief Encounter was a marvellous example R&B classic in the British Theatre, with inventive comma and engaging modern Direction. Each and every performance with Stella comma and the Show left us thrilled!

Katherine Townend12th July

Loved it. Very funny. They cast were very versatile playing numerous parts. Loved the way they moved the props around, and the little steam train was cute.