The End of Longing


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‘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.

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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.



Tickets for The End of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre London are now on sale and you can book them above, by using the search form on the right of the page.


Have you seen The End of Longing? If so please share your thoughts in the comments section below!


    1. Hi Amanda,

      To get day tickets, you will need to queue outside the theatre on the morning of the show you would like to see. It is recommended that you book tickets in advance where possible.

  1. Hi,

    Can anyone please tell me the approximate running time of the performance? We’ve booked tickets for the 5th but need to organise our return train.


    1. Hi Kate,

      Matthew Perry is scheduled to appear in all performances. However, we cannot guarantee at the time of booking that he will appear in all of them.

  2. Hi im seeing this show on Saturday 27 February at the half 2 showing. Is Matthew going to be performing each production as the only reason I’m going is because im such a big fan of his and it’s a dream come true to see him. If he doesn’t act on that day can I change my tickets as obviously I feel most people are just huge fans and want to see Matthew!

    1. Hi Bethany,

      Matthew Perry is scheduled to appear in all performances. The theatre cannot guarantee a refund if he does not appear.

  3. Hi
    Will we be able to take pictures of Matthew Perry on stage after the play has ended?
    Will he be performing in every show?
    And would we have chance to meet this talented man!?

    1. Hi Leah,

      You are not permitted to take any photographs once inside the auditorium. Matthew Perry is scheduled to appear in all shows, however the theatre cannot guarantee this, due to illness etc.

  4. We saw the show on Saturday afternoon and it was excellent, I had seen some reviews but always think you should judge something your self we all have very different ideas and ways of viewing things. I have seen many shows and plays and all of the group (6 of us ) loved it, we thought Matthew and the other actors did a fabulous job of a very heart felt script, which touched my heart. I would thoroughly recommend it.

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