Brief Encounter by Phoenix Players at Trinity Church Theatre, Albert Road

Brief Encounter will be performed by the Phoenix Players.
Brief Encounter will be performed by the Phoenix Players.
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Phoenix Players is bringing Brief Encounter, one of Britain’s most iconic films, to the stage from October 27-31.

With the upper and lower floors of the Trinity Church Theatre, Albert Road dressed as environments from the film, including an old cinema and railway station interior, the cast and front of house staff, all wearing period costume, will bring to life the atmosphere of the 1945 film for the audience.

The play depicts a love affair between two already married individuals over a succession of weekly meetings – mostly against the backdrop of Milford Junction.

The female protagonist is Laura Jesson, an ordinary middle­-class housewife and mother, who finds herself captivated by the dashing Dr Alec Harvey after a chance meeting one day.

Like the film, much of the drama unfolds in the station refreshment room which forms the anchor point for Alec and Laura’s encounters and is where the audience is seated for the majority of the show.

Phoenix Players’ talented actors will bring Brief Encounter to life at Trinity Theatre over the course of six performances.

Laura Jesson and Alec Harvey are played by Leigh Cunningham and Chris Shipp with a strong supporting cast.

Irene Skelton is the haughty refreshment room managerness and James Andrews as Laura’s ever dutiful and loving husband, Fred.

Brief Encounter has been adapted for stage by Emma Rice from the play Still Life and the screenplay, Brief Encounter – both by Noel Coward.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 concessions) and are available online atsouthseaboxoffice.co.uk, or by phoning the box office on 08454 676462.

For more information on the show and the Phoenix Players, go to thephoenixplayers.co.uk.