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

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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

82 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 Matthew... More

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 had... More

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 think... More

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 just... More

jacknicmusic 5"12, 29 reviews, 27 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, 41 reviews, 3 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,... More

doritxuuu 158cm, 203 reviews, 6 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 play... More

RichardBayton 6"2, 106 reviews, 3 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... More

fifilou 5"7, 175 reviews, 7 helpful votes

Matthew Perry has produced a strong and entertaining play, though it possibly feels better suited to a hollywood script. Perry's own... More

mickeyjotheatre 5"11', 93 reviews, 9 helpful votes