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Everyone’s favourite “friend” actor Matthew Perry reunites with award-winning director, Lindsay Posner (Speed-the-Plow, Other Desert Cities) for the World Premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing. They previously worked together over a decade ago in their first West End collaboration Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre in 2003.
Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie: four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.
This sharply written and hilarious dark comedy makes you realise that broken people don’t need to stay broken.
The End of Longing will run at the Playhouse theatre until 14th May 2016 and also stars Christina Cole (Sky 1’s HEX), Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard).
Theatre : The Playhouse, Northumberland Avenue, London WC2N 5DE
Nearest Tube Stations: Embankment and Charing Cross
Opens: 2nd February 2016
Booking to : Now closed
Performance Times: Monday to Saturday at 1930; Wednesday and Saturday at 1430
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I know that The End of Longing hasn't got great reviews from the press, but please don't believe them. They obviously didn't see the great production that I saw.
Whilst it's true to say that Matthew Perry is not the greatest stage actor ever to have lived, I thought his playwrighting skills were top notch.
He is obviously writing from experience which makes it all the more believable and ultimately heartbreaking.
Anyway, suffice to say it is a VERY FUNNY play with all characters giving the audience many laugh out loud moments. The set is in some ways minimalistic, but still manages to convey the different places the characters find themselves in. The directing by Lindsay Posner is great.
The night I went, the audience obviously loved it because there was a standing ovation and lots of positive mutterings as we left the theatre.
I urge you go and see this play. Make up your own mind. If I'm wrong I'm wrong, but usually I can spot a "good-un".