Playhouse Theatre

Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5DE GB

The End Of Longing

The End Of Longing Tickets

4.1/5
based on 55 reviews

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Starring: Lloyd Owen, Matthew Perry, Jennifer Mudge, Christina Cole

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If you were glued to the telly for Friends, which ran for a decade from 1994 to 2004, you'll be keen to see what flows from the pen of the multi-talented Matt Perry. This is his new play, and by all accounts it's fabulous.

Perry is currently both the star and executive producer of The Odd Couple, CBS and Neil Simons' smash hit series, which hit the comedy loving consciousness hard in 2014 with a whopping 13 million viewers or more per episode.

He won Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for his role in The Ron Clark Story, and made a superb job of the role specially written for him in the drama Sorkin’s Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. He also won an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor as Joe Quincy in the long-running US political drama The West Wing.

As far as movies go, he has appeared on the silver screen alongside Zac Efron, Bruce Willis, Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott, Oliver Platt, Salma Hayek and the late River Phoenix. Last time he was in London, in 2003, he appeared in Sexual Perversity in Chicago, also, like his latest play, directed by Lindsay Posner.

As the Hollywood star said, “Being on stage makes you feel naked. Being on stage in a play that I have written will make me feel doubly naked. So if you'd like to see me doubly naked, The End Of Longing tickets go on sale today." It looks like Chandler Bing has come a long way...

The End of Longing – The story

If you're looking for a light-hearted comedy, walk away. Perry's latest work is as black as your hat, a dark comedy in the finest tradition. You'll meet four 'lost' people – Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie. They're all entering their forties and looking for the meaning of life. One crazy night spent in a Los Angeles bar changes their lives forever. The bonds that connect them are strengthened for life, and their futures irrevocably entwined.

If you're looking for an hilarious emotional rollercoaster ride, examining the darker side of human relationships, it's the perfect pick-me-up.

The End of Longing tickets – The finest in black comedy

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Press Reviews

‘Consistently funny and often laugh-out loud’ The Times

‘Wired, raw and very funny. Superb performances’ What's On Stage

‘Like watching a re-write of Noel Coward's Private Lives strained through Patrick Marber's more flamboyantly explicit Closer’ What's On Stage

‘Matthew Perry’s debut play is smart, stylist and sexy. This is just what the West End needs.’ The Spectator

‘Lindsay Posner’s production is as slick as a Chandler one-liner’ Metro

‘Funny, sharp and intelligent’ Gay Times

‘Matthew Perry’s writing might not be at complete perfection, but it works. It’s fresh and it presents a great new grasp that younger audience members can enjoy’ Gay Times

‘Sharp wisecracks delivered with aplomb under Lindsay Posner's slick direction' Sunday Express

‘Tremendously moving’ Daily Express

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Recommended for:

Anyone
27%
Families
27%
Teenagers
42%
Couples
87%
Theatregoers
65%

based on 55 reviews

Good thing it's over

Matthew Perry was surprisingly awful. He sounded like he was reading his lines for the first time, not performing his final show. I really thought it was billed as a comedy, not the least bit funny. Very disappointing.


London Box Office customer

Definitely one to watch .


London Box Office customer

Loved it!

London Box Office customer

perry at his best

Brilliant to see Matthew Perry in his debut play. He was funny and witty and the cast were excellent. A must see for all Perry fans! Hope to see much more from him in the future!


London Box Office customer

Funny!

London Box Office customer

Great to see an Icon

London Box Office customer

Entertaining

It takes 15 or 20 minutes for the storyline to appear but then it grips you and is entertaining and emotional. However if you don't like swearing you should give it a miss.


London Box Office customer

Heartfelt performance

Matthew Perry is excellent and gives a believable performance . If swearing offends you - this is not the show for you!


London Box Office customer

Hilariously funny!

A very funny and at times tear-jerking play. Very cleverly done. Only downfall was the fact my mum was next to me listening to all the inappropriate bits!!


London Box Office customer

Just OK

London Box Office customer

Entertaining and funny

The show was laugh out loud funny with some great one-liners. Matthew Perry was very 'Chandler' but that's no bad thing - just a bit on the shouty side and the music was too loud too. It felt like watching a sitcom on the stage which is fine by me! Thoroughly entertaining - just don't expect Pinter and you won't be disappointed.


London Box Office customer

Histerically brilliant deep funny show

Well worth a watch for what I paid for the tickets £20 each view was brilliant was I have quiet short legs anyone much taller may have felt cramp


London Box Office customer

The end of longing

The show was thought provoking, well acted and very entertaining. There were well timed moments of humour entwined within some hard hitting and emotional performances. Loved it.


London Box Office customer

Excellent show

Excellent fun show! Matthew Perry at his best! Loved it!


London Box Office customer

Very funny.

Very funny, good story.


London Box Office customer

Entertaining and like watching a live sitcom

London Box Office customer

Well written very funny

A well written comedy.


London Box Office customer

New

London Box Office customer

Fantastic

Very well written, this story has laugh out loud times and is packed full of funny moments. It is also serious in parts and very poignant. The four talented actors were very engaging and worked well together to tell the story of 2 sets of friends brought together to experience and share parts of their lives, both good and bad.


London Box Office customer

Amazing show!

I really enjoyed the show! Matthew Perry is a legend! He played very well :). Definitely a must-see! And ignore the negative reviews ;)


London Box Office customer

Must see

Very funny, Matthew Perry was brilliant


London Box Office customer

Very funny as expected

The writing was good comedy was dry and sarcastic the performance was great thoroughly enjoyed


London Box Office customer

Intense

Fun and intense and close to reality


London Box Office customer

Really great performance from all involved!!

London Box Office customer

Extended good sitcom

Although not classic theatre, the play was well done, funny and thought provoking.


London Box Office customer

Great play, would recommend

Really great play. Dark humour with lots of laughs. All actors were amazing and kept the audience entertained. Would recommend.


London Box Office customer

Funny, dark and brilliant

Great piece of writing by Matthew Perry. Seemed a bit autobiographical but in a good way. Lot of swearing in so not suitable for anyone under 16. Some great laugh out loud moments and some sad and thought provoking bits too. Matthew's final scene on stage on his own was outstanding! Other actors were great too.


London Box Office customer

Brilliant touching and funny

A dark comedy well worth seeing heartwarming and honest.


London Box Office customer

Matthew Perry, need we say more?

London Box Office customer

Gritty

Older, more cynical flavour of Friends


London Box Office customer

Matthew Perry's awful theatre debut

The show was highly anticipated, but a few days before going to see it I saw how it had been slammed in the reviews. However this didn't really deter me since often reviewers are looking for something more than basic entertainment. I happened to really enjoy 'Viva Forever' which was on last year, despite its terrible reviews. Basic is absolutely the key word here! The plot was like a sitcom with no substance, there was nothing behind the plot or behind the lines. Perry was the worst actor out of the four, he seemed to shout all his lines, which were all in the same exaggerated Chandler-esque tone. There was no emotion or conviction to them, making the story line incredible hard to become invested in. I mean congratulations to Perry, it is some feat to make a problematic child birth scene so completely unemotional. The fact that every line was a substandard joke made the genuinely funny lines unnoticeable (admittedly there were few.) All in all it was a disappointing show, which was a shame considering me and my boyfriend were really looking forward to it as our valentines weekend treat, and we don't normally treat ourselves that often.


London Box Office customer

Brilliant!

I don't know why some critics have given this show a poor review, I thought it was funny and well written, hats off to Mathew Perry!


London Box Office customer

Disappointing

Left after the internmission after the first act, not recommended.


London Box Office customer

Enticing!

London Box Office customer

Must see

With a sharp line and twisted essentials:)


London Box Office customer

Ok

London Box Office customer

Well acted and full of humor america n comedy

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Review: THE END OF LONGING at the Playhouse Theatre

12 Feb 2016

The End Of Longing I make a point of trying to see the positive in everything I review unless the piece is lazy and cynical. THE END OF LONGING is lazy, cynical and cruel. It’s a first play by Matthew Perry who starred in the world’s best loved U.S TV sit-com, FRIENDS, in the 1990s.

Will London theatregoers stay 'Friends' with Matthew Perry?

13 Jan 2016

The End of Longing Is anyone looking forward to THE END OF LONGING, the new play by and starring Matthew Perry who found fame, many years ago as the handsome Chandler in TV’s FRIENDS?

Candid shots of him on the streets of London cruelly suggest his good looks are long gone and these days he’s a bloated figure with receding hair. Nothing wrong with that, age is tough on everyone but with young Matthew Perry on our TV’s in reruns of the 1990 sitcom every single day there are likely to be people disappointed that today’s Matthew Perry looks like he might have eaten Chandler.

Friends star Matthew Perry returns to the West End with his own play

07 Dec 2015

The End of Longing The American sit-com FRIENDS which ran from 1994 to 2004 has been a permanent background to our lives ever since it captured the world with its vision of loveable and witty twentysomethings starting their adult lives in Manhattan. It’s repeated across the globe, all the time, on satellite TV channels and is as popular as ever with young viewers.

It’s big news then that one of the stars, Matthew Perry, best known for playing Chandler Bing in the highly rated, critically acclaimed series, is to take the lead in a new West End production of his own play, THE END OF LONGING at the Playhouse Theatre.


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