Melbourne Festival and Arts Projects Australia in association with John and Janet Calvert-Jones and The Brenda Shanahan Charitable Foundation present a Kneehigh Theatre Production
After captivating audiences on the West End and Broadway, this exhilarating adaptation of Noël Coward's timeless work of romance and longing arrives in Melbourne.
Created by the award-winning Cornwall-based Kneehigh Theatre, prepare to be swept away by this heartwarming show: a marvel of unbridled joy, tempered by the heartache of love. A radiant adaptation of the classic 1945 film Brief Encounter, itself inspired by Coward’s Still Life stage play, this is the tale of a sudden romance that sparks, keenly and unexpectedly, in an unremarkable British railway tea room.
Weaving black-and-white film and featuring dance, original music and a bevy of Coward's best loved songs, Brief Encounter bolsters Kneehigh's reputation as one of the UK’s most innovative theatre companies.
Do not miss this special Melbourne season in the iconic Athenaeum Theatre.
“Witty, spectacular and poignant.” – The Australian
“This production is a text book example of theatrical magic... There are so many standout moments and beautiful touches it is impossible to mention them all.” – Limelight Magazine
“Surely the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie.” – New York Times (USA)
“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 (UK)
What the media are saying
Review: Brief Encounter (artsHub)
Emma Rice's Brief Encounter explores the idea of living in the wrong skin (The Australian)
Live review: Brief Encounter (Kneehigh Theatre Company, Adelaide) (Limelight Magazine)
Theatre review: Brief Encounter, Kneehigh Productions, Melbourne Festival (Herald Sun)
REVIEW: Brief Encounter (Melbourne Festival) | Athenaeum Theatre (Crikey)
Director Emma Rice
Associate Director Simon Harvey
Original Music Stu Baker
Designer Neil Murray
Lighting Designer Malcolm Rippeth
Projection & Film Designers Jon Driscoll & Gemma Carrington
Sound Designer Simon Baker
Associate Sound Designer Andy Graham
Musical Director Ian Ross
Producer Paul Crewes
Performers Joe Alessi, Kate Cheel, Damon Daunno, Annette McLaughlin, Michelle Nightingale, Jim Sturgeon
Musicians Dave Brown & James Gow
Presenting Partners John and Janet Calvert-Jones and The Brenda Shanahan Charitable Foundation
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