Brief Encounter

The RoundTheatre

Emma Rice's adaptation of Noël Coward's timeless tale.


A co-production with Octagon Theatre Bolton and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick
Original screenplay by Noël Coward
Adapted for the stage by Emma Rice
Directed by Paul Robinson
Designed by Jessica Curtis
Composer and Sound Designer: Simon Slater
Lighting Design by Sally Ferguson
Associate Director and Movement Director: Erin Carter
Assistant Director: Nicole Joseph
Casting Director: Sarah Hughes CDG

Price: From £10

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22 July - 27 August 2022

"Please tell me honestly if what I believe is true… that it’s the same with you – that you’ve fallen in love too."

Laura and Alec are married – but not to each other. A chance meeting at a railway station hurls them headlong into a whirlwind romance that threatens to blow their worlds apart. Will they give in to love’s first rush and risk everything? Has this relationship changed the tracks of their lives forever?

This playful production turns Noël Coward’s film Brief Encounter inside out, adding joyous musical numbers and physical comedy, while still maintaining the truly classic romance of the original.

Socially Distanced Performances
We understand that some audience members may feel more comfortable attending a performance with more space between themselves and other audience members, so we are pleased to offer a selection of socially distanced performances across the run of Brief Encounter. These are:

Mon 25 Jul, 7.30pm | Tue 2 Aug, 7.30pm | Wed 10 Aug, 7.30pm | Thu 18 Aug, 1.30pm | Sat 20 Aug, 2.30pm | Mon 22 Aug, 7.30pm

Access Performances
Dementia Friendly (with captions): Thursday 18 August, 1.30pm
Captioned: Thursday 18 August, 7.30pm
BSL Signed and Audio Described: Saturday 20 August, 2.30pm

Post-show Q&A: Thursday 28 July, 1.30pm

Age guidance: 12+

We are a Covid-secure venue with two industry standard marks recognising the comprehensive safety measures we have in place, and have a no-fuss refund policy if you need to self-isolate.

We are recommending our audiences continue wearing a face covering when moving around the building or watching a show or film, unless eating or drinking. 

You can find full details of our Covid safety measures here.


Friday 22 July 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 23 July 2022, 7.30pm

Monday 25 July 2022, 7.30pm

Tuesday 26 July 2022, 7.30pm

Wednesday 27 July 2022, 7.30pm

Thursday 28 July 2022, 1.30pm

Thursday 28 July 2022, 7.30pm

Friday 29 July 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 30 July 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 30 July 2022, 7.30pm

Monday 1 August 2022, 7.30pm

Tuesday 2 August 2022, 7.30pm

Wednesday 3 August 2022, 7.30pm

Thursday 4 August 2022, 1.30pm

Thursday 4 August 2022, 7.30pm

Friday 5 August 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 6 August 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 6 August 2022, 7.30pm

Monday 8 August 2022, 7.30pm

Tuesday 9 August 2022, 7.30pm

Wednesday 10 August 2022, 7.30pm

Thursday 11 August 2022, 1.30pm

Thursday 11 August 2022, 7.30pm

Friday 12 August 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 13 August 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 13 August 2022, 7.30pm

Monday 15 August 2022, 7.30pm

Tuesday 16 August 2022, 7.30pm

Wednesday 17 August 2022, 7.30pm

Thursday 18 August 2022, 1.30pm

Thursday 18 August 2022, 7.30pm

Friday 19 August 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 20 August 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 20 August 2022, 7.30pm

Monday 22 August 2022, 7.30pm

Tuesday 23 August 2022, 7.30pm

Wednesday 24 August 2022, 7.30pm

Thursday 25 August 2022, 1.30pm

Thursday 25 August 2022, 7.30pm

Friday 26 August 2022, 7.30pm

Saturday 27 August 2022, 2.30pm

Saturday 27 August 2022, 7.30pm

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funded by
Arts Council England
Whitby-Scarborough-Filey Borough of Scarborough
Discover Yorkshire Coast