The Way Old Friends Do

The Way Old Friends Do Tickets

Park Theatre, London

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A new comedy about devotion, desire and dancing queens

The Way Old Friends Do is a tender, uplifting, laugh-out-loud new play about two school friends in the 80’s who come out to one another: one as gay, the other – more shockingly – as an ABBA fan!

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

The Way Old Friends Do runs at the Park Theatre in London from 15 March to 15 April 2023.

What is the story of The Way Old Friends Do?

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?

Who is in the cast of The Way Old Friends Do?

The show stars Ian Hallard (The Boys in the Band), Donna Berlin (Doctors) James Bradshaw (Endeavour), Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives), Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Rose Shalloo (Call The Midwife). The play also features the voices of Miriam Margolyes and Paul O’Grady.

Who are the creators of The Way Old Friends Do?

The Way Old Friends Do is wirtten by Ian Hallard and directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen).

The creative team also includes Set & Costume Designer Janet Bird, Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter, Sound Designer Ben Harrison, Casting Director Marc Frankum and Assistant Director Gavin Joseph.


Show Information

Age restrictions
14+
Running time
Approx. 2 hours
Performance dates
15 March 2023 - 15 April 2023
Performance days
Evenings: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday

Performance information is for guidance only. Check booking calendar for details.


Venue Information

Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Nearest Tube or Train: Finsbury Park (National Rail, Victoria Line, Piccadilly Line)
Nearest Buses: 210, W3, W10, 4, 29, 153, 253, 254, 259, N23, N253, N279
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The Way Old Friends Do cast announced for Birmingham Rep and the Park Theatre
The cast has been announced for new play The Way Old Friends Do. The show will have its world premiere at Birmingham Rep on 17 February, running to 4 March 2023. The show will then tour the UK, including a run at the Park Theatre in London from 15 March to 15 April 2023. The show will star Ian Hallard (The Boys in the Band), who also wrote the play, alongside Donna Berlin (Doctors) James Bradshaw (Endeavour), Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives), Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Rose Shalloo (Call The Midwife). The play also features the voices of Miriam Margolyes and Paul O'Grady. Directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), The Way Old Friends Do promises to be a tender, uplifting, laugh-out-loud show about two school friends in the 80's who come out to one another: one as gay, the other - more shockingly - as an ABBA fan! Alongside Mark Gatiss, the creative team includes Set & Costume Designer Janet Bird, Lighting Designer Andrew Exeter, Sound Designer Ben Harrison, Casting Director Marc Frankum and Assistant Director Gavin Joseph. Mark Gatiss is currently directing new West End comedy The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre starring Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington and Frances Barber, which starts its run on 15 January 2023. The Way Old Friends Do is produced by Birmingham Rep and James Seabright. More about The Way Old Friends Do tickets at the Park Theatre in London

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