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Martin Shaw set for a longer Brief Encounter as he extends his run at Theatre Royal Windsor

4th February 2015

Categories: News

It is one of the greatest love stories ever told on the big screen and to celebrate its 70th anniversary, Brief Encounter comes to the stage for the first time as a 1940s-style radio adaptation of Noel Coward’s classic screenplay.

Exclusive to Royal Borough audiences only, Martin Shaw leads an all-star cast for a limited run as he and Jenny Seagrove bring this iconic story to the Theatre Royal Windsor from February 11th-21st.

Shaw, currently filming his seventh series of Inspector George Gently, is best known as unorthodox High Court judge John Deed, and will be reunited with Seagrove, who played his barrister and his love-interest Jo Mills in the award-winning BBC drama.

Jenny will star as Laura Jesson, the role made famous by Celia Johnson in the 1945 film, a housewife trapped in a loving but unsatisfying marriage who falls for handsome married stranger Alec Harvey, played by Shaw, whom she meets at a train station. They begin to form a friendship but the pair are soon troubled to find their innocent relationship turning into something more serious. And as passion takes over, Laura must make an impossible decision and face a heart-breaking goodbye.

Brief Encounter on Air is directed by Roy Marsden, who also stars as the station master Albert Godby, played by Stanley Holloway in the film. Roy is best known for his portrayal of Adam Dalgliesh in the Anglia Television dramatisations of P.D. James's detective novels.

Simon Shepherd (Peak Practice) stars as Laura’s husband Fred, while Sara Crowe (Four Weddings and a Funeral) will play the role of station mistress Myrtle Bagot.

Brief Encounter is based on English playwright Noel Coward’s 1936 one-act play Still Life. It starred Celia Johnson as Laura Jesson and Trevor Howard as Alec Harvey and shared the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1946, and Johnson was nominated for Best Actress and David Lean for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars at the 19th Academy Awards in 1947.

And Seagrove is no stranger to the story - in 2009, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the BBC Maida Vale’s radio studios, she teamed up with actor Nigel Havers for a special Radio 2 version which was performed live from Maida Vale’s studio 6. The script they followed was a 1947 adaptation for radio by author Maurice Horspool, which had been in the BBC's ownership and had never been used or performed since then.

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