The Way Old Friends Do


A new comedy about devotion, desire and dancing queens, THE WAY OLD FRIENDS DO is coming to London’s Criterion Theatre for a limited run, following a previous run at the Park Theatre in the spring!

Written by and starring Ian Hallard (The Boys In The Band), this world premiere is directed by Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen). Cast includes Donna Berlin (Doctors), Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives), Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy), Rose Shalloo (Malory Towers), and Anton Tweedale (The Mousetrap, West End). Featuring the voices of Miriam Margolyes and Paul O’Grady.

Simultaneously tender and funny, this heartfelt story will appeal to anyone who understands how it feels to be a fan: of ABBA or of anyone.

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What is The Way Old Friends Do about?

In 1988, two school friends tentatively come out to one another: one as gay, the other as an ABBA fan. When they meet again years later, they decide to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag! But can their friendship survive the tribulations of life on the road?

Ticket Information

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Running Time

2hrs 15mins

Cast & Creatives

Ian Hallard, Donna Berlin, Sara Crowe, Andrew Horton, Rose Shalloo, Anton Tweedale, Miriam Margolyes (voice), Paul O’Grady (voice).

Ian Hallard (Writer), Mark Gatiss (Director)

Age Guidance: 14+

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Venue Information

Criterion Theatre

218-223 Piccadilly, St. James's, London W1V 9LB

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Denman Street and Leicester Place


'A super trouper of a show'

Broadway World

'A genuine love letter to ABBA… blisteringly funny one-liners.'


'A high-energy ode to fandom and friendship that’ll leave you with a giddy grin.'

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