Theatre is all in the timing, so they say, and The Playhouse must have the theatre Gods smiling on them with their production of Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter. They’ve managed to secure the amateur production rights just before the next professional production kicks off at Birmingham’s REP on 2nd Feb.
Brief Encounter, adapted by Emma Rice, is the iconic story of Laura (Mary O’Brien), a respectable suburban housewife, and Alec (Jof Davies), the idealist, married Doctor. They meet in a train station buffet and fall passionately in love, but they are doomed to never find fulfilment.
Based on the 1945 film (itself based on a one-act play by Coward – Still Life), this is a timeless tale of happiness and heartbreak, featuring nine of Coward’s ditties.
Brief Encounter has a large cast of talented local amateur performers, including Hugh Jones, April Pardoe, Adrian Wyman, Helen Kennedy, Gordon Ritchie, Barry Dougall, Simon Rye, Kevin Evans, Ingrid Heymann, Diane Wyman, Sheila Jenkins and Beverley Webster.
Brief Encounter runs from Tues 30th January to Sat 3rd February 2018 at 7.45pm at The Playhouse Theatre, Clare Street. Tickets are £9 (£8 concessions, £7 for Playhouse members), and are available from the box office (answerphone) 01604627791, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.playhousenorthampton.com