San Francisco to get ‘Brief Encounter’

U.K. adaptation to premiere at Conservatory

Brit company Kneehigh Theater’s stage adaptation of the 1945 David Lean pic “Brief Encounter” will have its U.S. premiere at San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater in the fall. The critically lauded production, adapted from Noel Coward’s screenplay and helmed by Kneehigh a.d. Emma Rice, has been talked about as a likely contender for Rialto transfer since it opened early last year in a repurposed movie theater in London’s West End.

Show features film, theater and music elements (with songs by Coward) and was nominated for four Olivier Awards. ACT engagement, running Sept. 11-Oct. 4, is one of three U.S. stops for “Encounter,” including a three-week engagement at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, where it will play Feb. 11-April 3.

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