‘a smart and painfully honest new play’
‘well acted and thoroughly watchable’
‘there’s no doubting the sincerity’
Matthew Perry writes and stars in his debut play The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre London. Opening February 2nd, the play has received mixed reviews from the critics, but an unprecedented positive response from the public. Directed by the prolific Lindsay Posner, The End of Longing is due to run until May 14th 2016.
Best-known for his role as Chandler Bing in the hit TV sitcom Friends, Perry has had an extensive screen career, featuring in a variety of films and TV shows, including Mr Sunshine, The Odd Couple and 17 Again. The End of Longing marks his premiere in playwriting, as well as his first return to the West End since 2003, when he worked on Sexual Perversity in Chicago with Posner.
A hilariously dark comedy, The End of Longing follows the story of four people searching for meaning as they enter their forties. Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie share a crazy night together in an LA bar, but as they celebrate, their lives become permanently entwined. From this point, they are sent on a wild rollercoaster ride that forces them to face the darker sides of their relationships.
Don’t miss this sitcom-style production, which is currently playing to rave audience reviews at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Follow Jack, Joseph, Stephanie and Stevie as they party through The End of Longing until May 14th 2016.
Cast and Creative
The End of Longing is written by Matthew Perry and is directed by Lindsay Posner, who has previously helmed the revival of Uncle Vanya as well as The Turn of the Screw and Speed the Plow, starring Lindsay Lohan. Perry’s play features an urban chic design by Olivier Award-winning Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), lighting design by Lucy Carter and sound design by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
Perry stars as the alcoholic Jack, alongside Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard, Good People) as Joseph, Christina Cole (The Magistrate, Silent Witness) as Stevie and Jennifer Mudge (Rocky, Shades of Blue) as Stephanie. Samantha Coughlan and Jonny McPherson understudy the roles.
Show Lengths and Times
The End of Longing opened at the Playhouse Theatre London in February, and is set to play until May 14th 2016. Performances are at 7:30pm every day, excluding Sundays, with a matinee on Thursday and Saturday at 2:30pm.
Show running time is 2hrs and 15mins including an interval.
Suitable for Children?
The End of Longing contains explicit language and adult themes and is recommended for ages 15 and up. Parental guidance is advised.
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