Production photos are in for Ian Hallard’s new comedy The Way Old Friends Do.
Now playing at Birmingham Rep to 4 March 2023, the show is heading to London’s Park Theatre from 15 March to 15 April 2023.
The League of Gentleman’s Mark Gatiss (The Unfriend) directs, with a cast that includes writer and star Ian Hallard (The Boys in the Band), Donna Berlin (Doctors), James Bradshaw (Endeavour), Sara Crowe (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.
The Way Old Friends Do is a tender, uplifting, hilarious show about two school friends in 1988 who 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?
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.
Mark Gatiss recently directed new West End comedy The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre starring Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington and Frances Barber, which runs until 16 April 2023. He will also star as John Gielgud in The Motive and the Cue at the National Theatre in April 2023.
The Way Old Friends Do is produced by Birmingham Rep and James Seabright.