Directed and adapted for the stage by Emma Rice, artistic director of Kneehigh Theatre, Brief Encounter features Joseph Alessi (Fred/Albert), Dan Canham (Ensemble), Eddie Jay (Musician), Annette McLaughlin (Myrtle), Stuart McLoughlin (Stanley), Adam Pleeth (Musician), Beverly Rudd (Beryl), Milo Twomey (Alec) and Hannah Yelland (Laura) with original music by Stu Barker.
An adaption of the 1946 film of the same name, Brief Encounter is billed as "a first class return to romance that switches seamlessly between live theater and remade film footage, taking audiences back to the age of romance and the silver screen."
"Forbidden passion brews in a 1938 railway station tearoom as a suburban housewife, over a series of stolen afternoons, falls madly in love with a married doctor," according to press notes. "The lives and loves of three couples are played out in the train station tearoom as a grand entertainment, using the words (some newly set to original music) and familiar songs of Coward to create a funny and tear-inducing show with live musicians on stage, characters jumping in and out of film screens, and a couple in love floating in mid-air.”
In addition to Rice, the show’s creative team includes assistant director Simon Harvey, scenic and costume designer Neil Murray, lighting designer Malcolm Rippeth, projection and film designers Jon Driscoll and Gemma Carrington, sound designer Simon Baker, puppetry designer Lyndie Wright and puppetry trainer Sarah Wright with underwater filming by Robin Kewell. Paul Crewes is the producer for Kneehigh Theatre, and Michael Mushalla is the general manager for the U.S. tour.
Brief Encounter will play through April 3 on the McGuire Proscenium Stage, 818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis. Tickets may be purchased online at www.guthrietheater.org.