UK theatre company Kneehigh has announced the eight cast members for its Australian tour of the West End and Broadway hit, Brief Encounter – including the 2013 Melbourne Festival in October.

Two Australian actors, Michelle Nightingale as Laura and Kate Cheel as Beryl will join UK and US actors including Annette McLaughlin, Damon Daunno and Joseph Alessi from the 2010 Broadway production, along with Jim Sturgeon, Dave Brown and James Gow.

Michelle Nightingale and Kate Cheel will travel to London in August to commence rehearsals under the direction of Emma Rice.

The production, set in England during the winter of 1938-39, takes place around Milford Junction railway station, and switches between theatre, song, and black and white film footage on a giant screen, drawing its inspiration from Noël Coward's original stage play Still Life and David Lean’s classic 1945 film Brief Encounter.

Melbourne Festival in association with Arts Projects Australia presents Brief Encounter
The Athenaeum Theatre
Friday 11 – Sunday 27 October
Tickets from $25-$89 or call Ticketek on 1300 795 012