Perry Play Sets U.K. Cast

News   Perry Play Sets U.K. Cast
Full casting has been announced for the world premiere of Matthew Perry's playwrighting debut, The End of Longing.
Matthew Perry
Matthew Perry

Joining Perry, who as previously announced with star in his own play, are  Christna Cole, Jennifer Mudge and Lloyd Owen. 

It will begin performances at the Playhouse Theatre Feb. 2, prior to a gala opening Feb. 11, for a run through May 14. Described as a bittersweet comic new play, it will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who also directed Perry in his  last London stage appearance in Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre. The play revolves around Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie, four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, they become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.

In a press statement, Perry 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, tickets go on sale today."

Perry, who will play Jack, is best known for playing Chandler Bing in TV's "Friends," which ran from 1994 to 2004, and is currently the star and executive producer on CBS' "The Odd Couple," whose second season will premiere in 2016. He has also starred in and co-executive produced "Go On" and twice guest-starred in "The Good Wife."

Cole, who will play Steveie, has been seen on the London stage in The Magistrate at the National Theatre and The Lightening Play at the Almeida Theatre. Her extensive screen credits include "Second Sight," "Silent Witness," "Lewis," "Poirot: An Appointment with Death," and  "Casino Royale." Mudge, who will play Stephanie, most recently appeared Off-Broadway as the Witch in Into The Woods at off-Broadway's Laura Pels Theatre for Roundabout Theater. Other New York stage credits include Of Good Stock at the Manhattan Theater Club, Rocky at Broadway's Winter Garden Theater, The Philanthropist at the Roundabout Theater, Dutchman at the Cherry Lane Theater, The Big Meal at the Playwright’s Horizon’s, Don’t Go Gentle at the MCC, Ooh-Rah at the Atlantic Theater, Fault Lines at the Cherry Lane Theater,  Geometry of Fire and The Pavilion at the Rattlestick Theater, The Stendhal Syndrome at the Primary Stages and Reckless at Broadway's Biltmore Theater.

Owen, who will play Joseph, has appeared on the London stage in Good People at Hampstead Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre, Stuff Happens at the National Theatre, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre, Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre, Blood and Gifts and Paul at the National Theatre,The York Realist at the Royal Court/Strand Theatre and Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Tempest, Philoctetes, The Parquet Floor and The Passport (all at the Young Vic). 

Posner, a former associate director of the Royal Court, has numerous West End credits, amongst them Hay Fever and Relatively Speaking (which both transferred from Bath's Theatre Royal to the Duke of York's and Wyndham's, respectively), Speed-the-Plow (with Lindsay Lohan, at the Playhouse), the British premiere of Other Desert Cities (Old Vic), The Winslow Boy (also at the Old Vic, and subsequently at New York's Roundabout Theatre Company) and Noises Off (Old Vic, West End and U.K. tour).

The End of Longing is produced by Howard Panter and Adam Speers, for the Ambassador Theatre Group.

Further casting is still to be announced. To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7631 or visit

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