The End of Longing at Playhouse Theatre tickets
The End of Longing at Playhouse Theatre tickets

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Overview

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.

Recommended for

Fans of Friends will find similarities in this sitcom-like production. Those who appreciate American humour will also enjoy this production.

Age Recommendations: Recommended 15+

Dates and times

Running time: 2 hours 15 minutes (including an interval)
Opened: 02 Feb 2016
Press night: 11 Feb 2016
Booking from: 13 May 2016
Booking until: 14 May 2016

Location and map

Playhouse Theatre
Northumberland Ave
London, WC2N 5DE

81 Reviews Add review

I chose this show because I enjoy visiting the theatre and it sounded like the type of show I would like: I am also a massive Matt... More

samdee 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I chose this show because I enjoy visiting the theatre and it sounded like the type of show I would like: I am also a massive Matthew Perry fan. I found this show to be funny and entertaining. The acting was good and the show kept my attention the whole way through. I think some people go with the preconception that this will be like watching a friends episode and constantly compare it. However, you need to get rid of all your expectations and just sit back and enjoy the play in its own right; it is worthy of a West End play and worth seeing.

samdee 10 reviews, 1 helpful vote

I thought this show was highly entertaining and very moving. The actors were brilliant and it was very well cast. Matthew Perry ha... More

amyyyy 1 review, 0 helpful votes

I thought this show was highly entertaining and very moving. The actors were brilliant and it was very well cast. Matthew Perry had written the play in a way that each actor was quintessential to the play and you didn't get the impression that other performances were overshadowed by his presence and stardom. Hats off to him for that ! His final monologue was incredibly moving. The sets were terrific and really took you to the American city. The rythm of the play also was cleverly constructed to represent city life. The humour was similar to the Friends series only to a certain extent. The choice of characters (an alcholic, a prostitute, a depressed pharma corporate employee and a simpleton) made the play far less colourful and far more realistic whilst still remaining incredibly funny. Overall it's well worth seeing.

amyyyy 1 review, 0 helpful votes

As written in the title, it was brilliant. Matthew Perry did a very good job on his first play. Of course, you can't help but th... More

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

As written in the title, it was brilliant. Matthew Perry did a very good job on his first play. Of course, you can't help but think of his Friends era while watching the show, as well as the few issues he had encountered in the course of his life. But... All this was used to make something good, something to share with an audience and something where you're torn between laughter, smiles, sadness. A great mixture of emotions.

natlecoq 160cm, 23 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I desperately wanted to like this play, I really did. I really, really did. This clearly comes from Matthew Perry's heart but it j... More

jacknicmusic 5"12, 29 reviews, 27 helpful votes

I desperately wanted to like this play, I really did. I really, really did. This clearly comes from Matthew Perry's heart but it just doesn't stick on stage - at all. It's written like a sitcom. The shortest scenes can be around two minutes, with long set changes in between. Sadly the dialogue all sounds likes it's form the same persons mouth and the acting is bizarre at best. This might be heartfelt but it's stodgy with many storyline not even fully developing. I would avoid this play - it will never run without Perry.

jacknicmusic 5"12, 29 reviews, 27 helpful votes

I absolutely loved this play! The theatre is beautiful, intimate and cosy, the acting was superb and the whole performance provide... More

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 566 helpful votes

I absolutely loved this play! The theatre is beautiful, intimate and cosy, the acting was superb and the whole performance provided a mixture of laugh out loud comedy, tear jerking emotion, and was also poignant and dark at times. Being an avid Friends fan over the years and particularly of Matthew Perry, this lived up to all expectations and more! A great birthday evening!

Anonymous User 4473 reviews, 566 helpful votes

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

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

I enjoyed The End of Longing more than I thought. The draw for this show was Mr Perry, but I was concerned that it would actually be terrible and I would hate every minute but it actually wasn't the case. It was incredible enjoyable, funny and entertaining. The cast were very engaging and the rhythm of the play was fast paced without rushing. I thought it's take on relationships was modern, fresh and believable.

Chen 5"6, 27 reviews, 0 helpful votes

Our group - probably similarly to the majority of the audience - went to see Matthew Perry so we got what we initially paid for. S... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Our group - probably similarly to the majority of the audience - went to see Matthew Perry so we got what we initially paid for. Sadly, the play was less satisfying. There are some good one liners and jokes throughout but it doesn't make the whole play great. The characters could need more development and less swearing - I am not against swearing but it just didn't work well in this play.

doritxuuu 158cm, 130 reviews, 4 helpful votes

Whilst it was exciting to see Matthew Perry on stage in a play he had written himself, the narrative fell unfortunately flat. The ... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

Whilst it was exciting to see Matthew Perry on stage in a play he had written himself, the narrative fell unfortunately flat. The play felt more like 3 episodes of a sitcom than a play structure. This is no fault on Matthew Perry, as this is of course what he has most experience in. But the writing style didn't translate well to the stage. A few occasional laughs but nothing spectacular at all.

RichardBayton 6"2, 100 reviews, 1 helpful vote

The End of Longing ended up with me longing for it to end. There was no real story and at the end of Act one I thought it was over... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes

The End of Longing ended up with me longing for it to end. There was no real story and at the end of Act one I thought it was over and nearly left. The draw for this play was to see Matthew Perry and yet he added nothing to this disappointing production. The other 3 actors where the only redeeming feature of this play. I really don't have much to say other than I was glad I gave it a try but even more glad when it finished!

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 2 helpful votes
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