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7 Mar 2000 - from John Knowles - I went to see the first night of Brief Encounter at the Theatre Royal, Windsor. The play brings together elements of the film with the original Coward play Still Life. The play was very well received by the first-night audience (the theatre was virtually full). The Theatre Director warned the audience at the start of the play that this was in fact the dress-rehearsal. This was due to the complexity of the technical effects which meant that there had only been time for a technical rehearsal. Despite the warnings there were only a few minor hitches, the funniest being the drifts of smoke over-spilling from the 'station set', as the stage revolved, to the 'library set' where ironically the husband Fred Jesson was smoking his pipe! The use of recorded 'voice over' of Laura Jesson's thoughts was very effective but occasionally became muffled as scenery 'flew up'. Apart from these minor hitches the play managed to present the visual qualities of the film with the intensity of the original play. The beginning of the second act outside the boatyard was particularly well performed by the two leads. The station buffet scenes were very effective; in particular the contrast in emotional display between the tightly-controlled passions of Alec and Laura, and the knockabout love-play of Myrtle and Albert - all very reminiscent of the film.

Stars Jenny Seagrove, Martyn Stanbridge, Elizabeth Power and Christopher Beeny. Adapted by Andrew Taylor and directed by Roger Redfarn.

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