Comedy play The Way Old Friends Do, written by Ian Hallard and directed by Mark Gatiss, is set to transfer to the West End.
The Way Old Friends Do will play the Criterion Theatre for a four-week season, from 17 August to 9 September 2023.
The show stars Ian Hallard (The Boys in the Band) as Peter, Donna Berlin (Doctors) as Sally, Anton Tweedale (The Mousetrap) as Edward, Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives) as Mrs Campbell, Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy) as Christian and Rose Shalloo (Call The Midwife) as Jodie. The play also features the voices of Miriam Margolyes and the late Paul O’Grady, and completely the cast are Toby Holloway, Tariye Peterside and Joe Sargent.
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!
The play comes into the West End following a runs at the Birmingham Rep, London’s the Park Theatre, and on tour.
Writer Ian Hallard said in a statement: “After a wonderful four months of bringing laughter and tears to audiences right across the country, I couldn’t be more thrilled that The Way Old Friends Do is arriving in the West End. I can’t wait for us to entertain even more people with our tale of desire, devotion and Dancing Queens!”
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.
Currently playing at the Criterion Theatre is comedy Bleak Expectations, which is running to 13 August 2023.