Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter came into the world as a one-act play in 1936 titled 'Still Life' which was set in the refreshment room of a railway station. It was then adapted into the much-loved drama/romance film Brief Encounter in 1945 - Noel Coward himself wrote the screenplay.
Fast forward 60 (ish) years and in 2007 the film was adapted for the stage by Emma Rice with additional musical elements.
Now, in December 2023, the 2007 version is taking over the iconic ‘in the round’ stage of Manchester’s Royal Exchange.
Brief Encounter at Royal Exchange 2023