Shoppers and commuters were left open mouthed when 25 couples recreated one of cinema’s most romantic moments at New Street Station on Saturday (03/02).
The couples, wearing authentic 1940s costumes, brought to life the moment from Noel Coward’s Brief Encounter when two strangers meet and fall in love.
The stunt was created to celebrate the return of the live theatre show of Brief Encounter to the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The hit play was first staged in the city in 2007 and went on to huge international acclaim.
The 1945 film, starring Trevor Howard and Celia Johnson, was named the ‘most romantic film’ of all time by a panel of actors, directors and critics in 2013.
The innovative stage play, produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Kneehigh Theatre, uses live action and film to bring the movie classic to life.
Director Emma Rice says “Brief Encounter combines the romance of cinema with all that live theatre can offer; magic, passion, surprise, suggestion and naughtiness. I carry this show in my heart and couldn’t be more excited to return to this heart-pounding production and bring it back to Birmingham.”
Brief Encounter is at Birmingham Repertory Theatre until February 17th before heading to the West End.