The Way Old Friends Do
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The Way Old Friends Do

The Way Old Friends Do London Reviews and Tickets

(6 Reviews)
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Entertaining, Cliched, Quirky, Slow, Banal

About the Show

Mark Gatiss directs this new comedy about the world's first drag ABBA tribute act.

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Member Reviews (6)

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53 Reviews | 0 Followers
Cliched, Dated, Slow, Quirky, Indulgent

See it if You love ABBA - no stone is left unturned and there’s lots of lovely detail.

Don't see it if You don’t like obvious dialogue or storytelling. There’s also A LOT of Ham acting - beware!

21 Reviews | 1 Follower
Quirky, Funny, Entertaining, Absorbing

See it if You enjoy a light hearted show with a small budget

Don't see it if You’re homophobic

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Insipid, Slow, Disappointing, Cliched, Banal

See it if You like Abba and are easily pleased with cliched “comedy”

Don't see it if you want well developed characters, an intelligent script and good acting.

3 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Delightful

See it if Good cast, funny but also a bit deeper than I was expecting, which was good. Small intimate theatre.

Don't see it if You don't like Abba and are expecting a big west end show type production.

1 Review | 0 Followers
Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if An unusual premise with a nice twist. Abba songs always uplifting but esoteric info a little "preachy".

Don't see it if The inclusion of a failed IVF seemed unnecessary: just for the inclusion of one vaguely amusing line.

4 Reviews | 0 Followers
Cliched, Banal

See it if You want to see a play at the beautiful Criterion theatre

Don't see it if You have any hopes for a well acted good script enticed by your love of Abba

Critic Reviews (6)

March 18th, 2023

" A tribute to the tribute bands, Ian Hallard's new play is an enchanting love letter to the Swedish supergroup, not just celebrating their catchy tunes, but music itself, the way it indescribably adds colour to our lives, and helps us forge a sense of ourselves."
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The Guardian (UK)
March 19th, 2023

"The story turns on the men’s friendship, and Hallard, with his easy charisma, makes Peter entirely lovable. Bradshaw initially seems like a modern-day Larry Grayson but becomes more textured, less camp, as the story progresses."
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The Arts Desk
March 20th, 2023

“Hallard is not a cutting edge writer, but there are plenty of laugh-aloud jokes and it’s hard to dislike an entertainment based on joyful pop music...Deeper issues about bisexuality, IVF treatment, pop music’s role in personal identity and racial diversity are mentioned in passing, but never distract from the fun.”
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The Stage (UK)
March 20th, 2023

“The play is whimsical, but full of heart, and it features enough witty one-liners to lift the spirits, whether or not you’re an ABBA fan.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
March 19th, 2023

“The Way Old Friends Do is a delightful surprise of a show...Well worth spending your money money money on, take a chance on this show and I guarantee you will have the time of your life.”
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Time Out London
March 20th, 2023

"Crowe is undoubtedly this show’s secret weapon, spinning comedy gold from the most throwaway lines."
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