By Richard Watson

A chance encounter at a railway station leads to something much more powerful and poignant in the Huddersfield Thespians’ next production.

In ‘Brief Encounter,’ Laura, a respectable suburban housewife, and Alec, an idealistic, married doctor, meet and fall passionately in love. It is a forbidden love, and unexpected, not the sort of thing that happens to sensible people like them. When you are in love with the wrong person, you are doomed never to find fulfilment.

The 1945 film version of ‘Brief Encounter,’ featuring that famous soundtrack, was adapted by Noël Coward from his own play and is widely regarded as one of the best and most romantic films of all time.

The film was directed by David Lean, starred Celia Johnson and Trevor Howard, and earned three Academy Award nominations for Lean, Coward and Johnson.

This version, adapted by Emma Rice, brings the timeless tale of joy and heartbreak to the stage, with an ensemble cast and nine of Noël Coward’s own songs.

You can catch ‘Brief Encounter’ at the Lawrence Batley Theatre from October 19-22 at 7.15pm every evening. There’s also a 2pm matinee on the Saturday. Tickets are available through the LBT Box Office, on 01484 430528, or via their website:

‘Brief Encounter’ is the first play in the Huddersfield Thespians’ 103rd Season of quality local theatre. It will be followed in December by an adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol’ at Longwood Mechanics Hall.

Next year, the Thespians will stage Ealing Comedy classic ‘The Titfield Thunderbolt’ in March, also at Longwood, and then Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ at the LBT in May.