Brief Encounter

Adapted and Directed by Emma Rice | Kneehigh theatre’s production produced by David Pugh & Dafydd Rogers and Jenny and Steve Wiener

With the characteristic wit and musicality of Kneehigh, the joy and heartache of this timeless story will be brought to the stage in February 2018.
  • Dates Running: 23/02/2018 - 24/02/2018
  • Venue: The Lyric Theatre

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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.”

    Additional information

    Running times: 1 hour and 40 minutes, with no interval.

    To book accessible tickets please call 0161 876 2183 or set up an online booking account by emailing

    Audio Described performance: Fri 23 February, 7.30pm with a Touch Tour at 6pm. Audio described by Mind’s Eye 

    Dementia Friendly performance: Wed 21 February, 2pm. 
    Plus pre-show dementia-friendly singing workshop led by Clare Morel at 12 midday. 
    Free but must be booked in advance. 

    Dementia friendly tickets can only be booked by phone: please call our Access line 0161 876 2183

    What is a dementia friendly performance? 

    We believe that people living people living with dementia should be able to enjoy live theatre with friends and family, but appreciate there may be some challenges surrounding a visit to the theatre. 

    For this special performance we will consider everything from sound and lighting cues, stage action and seating plans, signage and refreshment services to make your visit as enjoyable as possible. There will be lots of friendly staff on hand to help if you need any assistance during your visit. You’ll be free to leave the auditorium at any point during the show if you need a break and we offer extra flexibility when booking seats, so if you need a little extra personal space, you can request the seat next to you remains unsold. 

    Watch the trailer