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NoŽl Coward , Emma Rice
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23 April 2013 Modern Plays
I'm a happily married woman. Or rather I was until a few weeks ago. This is my whole world and it's enough, or rather it was until a few weeks ago.

Your heart dances. The world seems strange and new. You want to laugh and skip and fall forever… You are in love. You are in love with the wrong person. Laura, the respectable suburban wife, and Alec, the idealistic, married doctor, meet in a station buffet, fall passionately in love but are doomed never to find fulfilment.

David Lean's iconic 1945 movie, Brief Encounter, was written by Noel Coward and was based on one of his one-act plays, Still Life, written a decade earlier. Emma Rice, Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre Company, has adapted this timeless tale of joy and heartache for the stage, interspersing the romantic action with nine Coward ditties.

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  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (23 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1472505530
  • ISBN-13: 978-1472505538
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 556,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A first-class return to romance -- Charles Spencer Telegraph 20080218 A delicate, whimsical creation. Exquisite --Ben Brantley New York Times

About the Author

Noël Coward was one of Britain's most iconic playwrights, with a glittering career and innumerable hits to his name.

Emma Rice is the Joint Artistic Director of Kneehigh Theatre. She has directed for Kneehigh The Red Shoes, The Wooden Frock, The Bacchae, Tristan & Yseult, Cymbeline, A Matter of Life and Death, Rapunzel, Brief Encounter and Don John. Rice was nominated for the 2009 Olivier Award for Best Director for Brief Encounter.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Listening 23 Aug 2011
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'Brief Encounter'has long been a favourite of mine,and the DVD has been a source of much pleasure for me. So it was thatwhen I stumbled on the BBC radio dramatisation of this much loved story,I decided to purchase it.
Frankly,it has been sheer magic! A great professional cast adds a realism dimension that enables it to stand in it's own right. Just close your eyes,relax,and let youself be transported into the world of two individuals who meet and fall in love,when the terms 'lady' and 'gentleman' really meant something... Treat yourself to the radio delight,you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Originally entitled "Still Life" 9 Feb 2004
The basic story is of a brief encounter between two people at a train station in post-war Britain. Each were married to someone else, and committed to different lives. They fall in love; but it is a hopeless situation. How will they resolve this? Will they resolve this? What would you do in the situation?
The movie is enhanced by reading the Screen play. You will pick up details that were just implied in the movie. Also the background introduction by Sheridan Morley gives you information on how the short play that was part of a series became a classic movie. The book contains stills of the movie. You'll find the screen play just as emotional as the movie however you will have to supply your own copy of Rachmaninoff's Concerto no. 2 in C minor.
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5.0 out of 5 stars On for a winters day 27 Jun 2014
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Brilliant Jenny Seagrove was a brilliant choice. You can shut your eyes and you can imagine being there like a fly on a wall watching and listening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 30 Oct 2013
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If you know the film, this will be so familiar. I did find Jenny Seagrove just a little forced perhaps but it was difficult to separate it from Celia Johnsons performance!!!! There is very little in the way of sound effects which I missed but don't get me wrong. I couldn't wait to play this and I wasn't disappointed. It is every bit as moving as the film and I thoroughly recommend this play.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brief encounter 24 Jun 2012
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Fairly close to the film. Sad I thought especially at the end when Lady talks with her husband. I think it must be that he obviously worked out what was wrong supposedly from her behaviour as he says something to her when she comes back to him.
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