The Way Old Friends Do opens in the West End this week

The Way Old Friends Do transfers to the West End this summer.

Ian Hallard’s new play, which just wrapped up a UK tour, will run at the Criterion Theatre from 17 August – 9 September 2023. Tickets are on sale now here

Making up the cast are Donna Berlin (Doctors), Anton Tweedale (The Mousetrap), Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives), Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Rose Shalloo (Call The Midwife).

Joining them are Ian Hallard, Toby Holloway, Tariye Peterside and Joe Sargent.

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The production will also feature the voices of two of the UK’s best-loved performers, Miriam Margolyes and Paul O’Grady.

In 1988, two school friends tentatively come out to one another: one as gay, the other – more shockingly – as an ABBA fan. Nearly thirty years later, a chance meeting sets them on a brand-new path and they decide to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag! But can their friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road which includes platform boots, fake beards and a distractingly attractive stranger?

A story that will appeal to anyone who understands how it feels to be a fan: of ABBA or of anyone.

Directed by Mark Gatiss, the creative team is made up of set and costume designer Janet Bird, lighting designer Andrew Exeter, sound designer Ben Harrison, casting director Marc Frankum CDG and assistant director Gavin Joseph.

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About the author: Josh Darvill

Josh is Stageberry's editor with over five years of experience writing about theatre in the West End and across the UK. Prior to following his passion for musicals, he worked for more than a decade as a TV journalist.


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