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Torch Theatre Company presents the great British romance, Brief Encounter     

Torch Theatre Company presents the great British romance, Brief Encounter

This Autumn, The Torch Theatre Company presents the great British romance Brief Encounter, which promises to be the biggest production ever staged by the company.

Showing at The Torch Theatre 8 - 24 October, Noël Coward's Brief Encounter was a 1945 multi Oscar nominated British film by David Lean and is remembered as an iconic big screen romance. The Torch’s production is inspired by Kneehigh Theatre’s hit Broadway show and the story will be brought to life on stage in an adaptation like no other. This remarkable love story will unfold in this multi-media stage production, which will switch between, and occasionally blend, live action and film footage.

The story originally began life as a one-act play and tells the narrative of Laura, a suburban housewife, whose conventional life is turned upside down by a chance meeting with a stranger at a railway station. The stranger, a married doctor, and Laura enter into a powerful affair, bringing about unexpected consequences in this remarkable love story.

Laura will be played by Laura Penneycard, who received rave reviews for her portrayal of Fiona Foster in the Torch Theatre Company’s 2014 production of How The Other Half Loves.
Male lead Alec will be played by Torch Theatre Company newcomer Matt Wilman, who, alongside multiple theatre roles, has played the role of Harper in Walt Disney Pictures’ film Alice Through The Looking Glass, to be released in 2016.

The cast also includes three actors who have worked with the Torch Theatre Company before – Ollie Wood (Cinderella and Dick Wittington), Liam Tobin (Neville’s Island, Dead Funny and A Midsummer Night’s Dream) and Lloyd Grayshon (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Aladdin and Accidental Death of an Anarchist)  - and Charlotte Workman and Katherine Toy, who are new to the company.

Torch Theatre Artistic Director Peter Doran will direct, and comments:

“The film of Brief Encounter is right up there amongst the nation’s favourites; if you are in any way romantic, it really is the film to see. The great thing about the stage production is that not only does it retell the same story, it is also a tribute to the film itself so there are a lot of cinematic elements as well as wonderful songs and live music throughout – if you liked the film you’ll love the stage show!”

Brief Encounter is part of the Torch’s Autumn Vintage Season, which has so far included a vintage fair, classics film screened in the cinema and a performance by 40s singing trio, The Siren Sisters. The Torch’s foyer has also been transformed into a 1940s style cinema for the production, complete with old movie posters and red draped curtains.

Brief Encounter runs at The Torch Theatre 8-24 October at 7.30pm with Matinee performances at 2.30pm on 14, 21 and 24 October– please check the website for a full performance schedule. Tickets are available now and can be booked on The Torch website www.torchtheatre.co.uk or from the Box Office on 01646 695267.
 
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