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Noël Coward’s ”Brief Encounter” tour reveals cast and creative team

Jammy Kasongo and Hanora Kamen
Jammy Kasongo and Hanora Kamen

Casting is set for the upcoming touring production of Noël Coward’s Brief Encounter, adapted for the stage by Emma Rice.

Under the direction of Douglas Rintoul, chief executive and artistic director of New Wolsey Theatre, the company includes Nicola Bryan (as Myrtle Bagot), Hanora Kamen (as Laura Jesson), Jammy Kasongo (as Dr Alec Harvey), Samuel Morgan-Grahame (as Albert Godby), Tom Self (as Fred Jesson/Stephen Lynn), Lucy Elizabeth Thorburn (as Beryl), Luke Thornton (as Stanley) and Chioma Uma (as Dolly Messiter).

Rintoul commented: “I’ve been itching to direct Emma’s adaptation since I saw the original production. It’s a hugely playful and spirited take on the most romantic love story ever told – Emma’s work is thrilling Event Theatre for today’s audiences, so it was a perfect choice for my first big show at the New Wolsey Theatre. I’m thrilled to be working with Wiltshire Creative again and I’m proud that this Ipswich-made production will be seen by audiences across the UK with our brilliant partners.”

Brief Encounter revolves around a chance meeting between a married doctor and a suburban housewife in a train station tearoom that ignites a passionate love affair.

The production officially opens at Salisbury Playhouse on 4 April, following previews from 31 March, and runs until 22 April. It will then tour to New Wolsey Theatre (26 April to 13 May), Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre (16 to 20 May), Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds (23 to 27 May) and Northern Stage in Newcastle upon Tyne (31 May to 3 June).

The production also features choreography by Alexzandra Sarmiento, set and costume design by Jess Curtis, lighting design by Jessie Addinall, sound design by James Cook, video design by Daniel Denton, wardrobe supervision by Margaret Lock and music direction, orchestration and additional music composed by Tom Self. Casting is by Debbie O’Brien.

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