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BRIEF ENCOUNTER AT THE NEW THEATRE From the producers of Calendar Girls comes Kneehign Theatre’s innovative new stage version of Brief Encounter at the New Theatre from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April.

Direct from the West End, the show is a hybrid of the songs and words of Noël Coward, his original one-act play and the screenplay of the classic 1945 film. Ten actor-musicians recreate the famous Milford Junction tea room transporting the audience back to a bygone era of romance.

Strangers Alec and Laura begin an unconsummated but passionate affair following a chance meeting at a train station. Both married to another, they struggle with their feelings and morals in the face of a disapproving society.

The clever staging allows the cast to walk from the set straight into the cinema action immediately capturing the audience’s attention. Co-producer Kneehigh Theatre Company’s use of this multi media creates a visual and vibrant world of steam trains and post-war Britain. Having gained a reputation for producing vigorous and popular theatre for audiences, Kneehigh Theatre often create without a script and evolve their stories through imagination and improvisation

There's a refreshing youthfulness and a lack of pretension about Director Emma Rice, the woman who has masterminded the development of Kneehigh Theatre from its Cornish roots to a much wider stage. In a series of eye-catching productions, often working in tandem with the RSC or the National Theatre, Kneehigh has quickly established itself as an innovative, vibrant force in the British theatre with a growing and a devoted public.

Brief Encounter is at the New Theatre, Cardiff from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 18 April. Tickets range from £7.50 - £26 and can booked via the Box Office on 029 2087 8889 or online* at

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