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    a novice playwright, but one of great promise
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    self-indulgent and unintellectual
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Matthew Perry writes and stars in his own play, The End of Longing, at the Playhouse Theatre London. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the darkly comic play follows the difficulties in a friendship group as they realise that they must address the more sinister sides of themselves.

Matthew Perry, star of the hugely famous and beloved American sitcom Friends, makes his playwriting debut at London’s Playhouse Theatre. Directed by the prolific Lindsay Posner, The End of Longing is a darkly comic play, based on the universal struggles of turning forty entirely alone.

Set in downtown LA, The End of Longing sees friends Jack and Joseph, and Stephanie and Stevie become irreversibly entangled after a chance encounter at a bar. As they celebrate wildly, the four pair off into unlikely couples which force them to face the more complicated sides to themselves. Whilst Jack struggles with alcoholism, Stephanie must seriously consider her career, and although Stevie is desperate for the perfect family life, she is not entirely convinced that she will find happiness with Joseph. As time goes on, the four soon realise that something in their lives must change.

Matthew Perry stars as Jack, marking his first return to the West End since he featured in Lindsay Posner’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago in 2003. Perry is best-known for his popular role as Chandler in Friends, as well as various film and television credits including Mr Sunshine, 17 Again and his current sitcom, The Odd Couple. Further casting includes Broadway star Jennifer Mudge (The Philanthropist, Rocky) as Stephanie, Christina Cole (Casino Royale, Suits, New Tricks) as Stevie and Lloyd Owen (The Bodyguard, Good People) as Joseph.

Director Lindsay Posner has extensive credits, including Uncle Vanya, The Turn of the Screw and Speed the Plow, which starred Lindsay Lohan. The End of Longing features design by Anna Fleischle, lighting design by Lucy Carter and sound design and composition by Isobel Waller-Bridge. A hard-hitting, yet darkly hilarious comedy, The End of Longing is a relevant rollercoaster ride of emotions which opens at the Playhouse Theatre London for a limited run.

Sorry this show closed 14 May 2016, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
13 May 2016 - 14 May 2016
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Recommended 15+
Audience Notes:
Fans of Friends will find similarities in this sitcom-like production. Those who appreciate American humour will also enjoy this production.

Latest Audience Reviews

Whilst it was exciting to see Matthew Perry on stage in a play he had written himself, the narrat... More

As written in the title, it was brilliant. Matthew Perry did a very good job on his first play.... More

I desperately wanted to like this play, I really did. I really, really did. This clearly comes fr... More

Absolutely terrible show. I admit that I went because of Matthew Perry's star power, but I regret... More

Our group - probably similarly to the majority of the audience - went to see Matthew Perry so we... More

I enjoyed The End of Longing more than I thought. The draw for this show was Mr Perry, but I was... More

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