A new site-specific revival of Noel Coward's Still Life - the 1935 play which inspired David Lean's 1946 British film classic Brief Encounter - opens tonight (22 April 2003) in the disused London Underground station at Aldwych. The production continues its limited run until 9 May 2003, with a further season of transport-themed theatre productions planned for next year.

Still Life explores betrayal and adultery through three separate love stories set in a railway station. One of these was immortalised in the post-war screen version, starring Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, which is regularly voted one of the most romantic films of all time.

Aldwych Tube Station was built in 1898 and opened to the public in 1907, then called the Strand Station. The Piccadilly Line stop was closed to passengers in 1994, though it has since been used for other creative ventures. It was used in the films Sliding Doors and Patriot Games and has housed temporary art exhibitions as well as short-run theatrical productions such as 2001's In the Solitude of Cotton Fields.

The new production of Still Life is being mounted by Angels in the Architecture, a company founded in 2001 and dedicated to site-specific drama. Joint artistic director Rebecca McCutcheon explains: "The thinking behind this project is to bring site-specific theatre into the mainstream, offering a different dynamic for the theatregoers. We see this as part of the wider explosion in British theatre, of integrating different forms in innovative ways in order to evolve and survive. There's a real hunger for events-based work here in London."

At the Aldwych, the production will be performed for maximum audiences of 70 in the station's Victorian ticket hall (pictured). Tickets are priced £10 (£7 concessions) and are available on the door only, payable by cash or cheque.

- by Terri Paddock