When ardent fans of the silver screen hear the stirring strings and dramatic resonance of Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, they might immediately conjure the enduring celluloid image of forlorn housewife Celia Johnson and dashing doctor Trevor Howard standing on a train platform in 1940s suburban England, forever immortalised in David Lean’s monochrome masterpiece Brief Encounter, considered by many to be the most romantic film of all time.
Originally written for the stage by flamboyant playwright Noel Coward (and originally dubbed Still Life), the film tells the story of an adulterous, and at the time extremely controversial, love between the two married middle class protagonists. Now, after a successful run in the UK, Cornish theatre troupe Kneehigh and director Emma Rice are bringing their own interpretation of the classic romance – a seamless transition back and forth between theatre and film using a combination of the original stage play and the film screenplay – to The Wallis in Beverly Hills. And when a production has been described by Ben Brantley of The New York Times as ‘the most enchanting work of stagecraft ever inspired by a movie’, you know you’re in for a tear-jerking treat.
Until March 23, 2014.
9390 N Santa Monica Blvd / Beverly Hills / +1 310 746 4000 / thewallis.org