Episode 29: The Noël Coward Foundation on ‘Brief Encounter’ and Coward himself – The Master!

15 Mar 2023

We’re joined by Robert Hazle (Cultural Development Officer) and Ella Radley (Digital Marketing Officer) from The Noël Coward Foundation to chat about Coward and one of the best British Films ever made in the history of the big screen – Brief Encounter

We start with the world of Coward glimpsing at his life and work. Robert and Ella are full of fascinating facts and passion as they chat in depth about Coward and how his Brief Encounter, originally adapted from short play ‘Still Life’, emerged from his repertoire and why.

We discuss Brief Encounter,  its phenomenal success as a cinematic piece and as a story of forbidden love as well as the the impact it had on its audiences then and now. Brief Encounter, they say, is still as relevant today as it was in the 40’s. We also chat about Emma Rice’s adaptation for the stage and how she transforms the film into another brilliant dimension.

Thank you Robert and Ella for your generous time!

Rice’s dazzling musical adaptation of Coward’s Brief Encounter is on tour in the UK from 31 March 2023.  A New Wolsey Theatre and Wiltshire Creative production and in association with Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. Directed by Douglas Rintoul.

31 March – 22 April       Wiltshire Creative, Salisbury Playhouse          BOOK HERE
26 April – 13 May            The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich                       BOOK HERE
16 May – 20 May             Yvonne Arnaud, Guildford                                         BOOK HERE
23 May – 27 May             Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds                            BOOK HERE
31 May – 3 June                The Northern Stage, Newcastle Upon Tyne   BOOK HERE

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