The Way Old Friends Do (West End)
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The Way Old Friends Do (West End)
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The Way Old Friends Do (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

67%
(12 Ratings)
Positive
50%
Mixed
33%
Negative
17%
Members say
Entertaining, Dated, Funny, Delightful, Cliched

About the Show

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

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Show-Score Member Reviews (12)

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98 Reviews | 8 Followers
80
Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You like a play that explores friendships with humor. The end of the show performance was fun

Don't see it if You want to hear lots of abba songs

99 Reviews | 17 Followers
76
Gay, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like ABBA, or want to see an incredible cast tackle characters putting on a drag-ABBA cover band!

Don't see it if you don't like ABBA, or the depiction of gay relationships. Read more

140 Reviews | 11 Followers
65
Sentimental in parts, Amusing, Cliched, Dated, Entertaining

See it if you want an exploration of whether school friendships can be rekindled. You enjoy any hint of Abba in a show.

Don't see it if you are expecting lots of Abba music to be performed, many around me expected the whole second half to be the Abba drag show performed. Read more

343 Reviews | 22 Followers
62
Funny, Dated, Entertaining

See it if You're an Abba fan and want a decent comedy

Don't see it if Nothing original here, this is the sort of story you see over and over again

177 Reviews | 6 Followers
60
Present day but feels dated, Akin to a british 1980s sitcom, Abba fandom, Smiley, Innocuous

See it if you are an ABBA fan - showcases friends euphoria for ABBA. Smiley & some poignant moments.

Don't see it if ABBA fandom running throughout a Theatre production is not your preferred choice of viewing.

60 Reviews | 3 Followers
35
Entertaining, Delightful, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you like abba

Don't see it if you are homophobic

44 Reviews | 0 Followers
86
Entertaining, Romantic, Hilarious, Delightful, Clever

See it if you like a hilarious, uplifting and moving comedy play with gay themes; you like Abba and maybe know some of their less well known songs;

Don't see it if you are easily offended, you don't know or like Abba

25 Reviews | 0 Followers
55
Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You’re only there for the ABBA songs!

Don't see it if You want a really entertaining musical!

Critic Reviews (7)

BroadwayWorld
August 21st, 2023

"This play is an absolute delight; it is a very well written and hilarious ode to ABBA. The characters are witty without becoming stereotypes and there is heart and emotion without cheese. Get a ticket and don’t miss this wonderful show."
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The London Evening Standard
August 21st, 2023

"[This is] a show that so clearly knows its audience. Hallard’s script is good-hearted, soused with affection and nostalgia, and with the knowledge that ABBA fandom brings with it an embrace of naffness."
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London Theatre
August 23rd, 2023

“ ‘The Way Old Friends Do’ trades on an audience’s natural kinship with its subject and then, much like Christian in the play, betrays that trust.”
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WhatsOnStage
August 23rd, 2023

“The whole thing is lacking in inspiration and heart; it’s not funny enough to be a jolly romp...The overriding impression is of watching an underdeveloped, somewhat niche, sitcom about friendship, before the canned laughter track has been added.”
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All That Dazzles (UK)
August 19th, 2023

“Few shows get it right as effortlessly as ‘The Way Old Friends Do.’ It’s roaringly funny writing with a mix of heart alongside a truly sensational cast and expert direction makes this the perfect production... Whether you are an ABBA fan or not, take a chance on this wonderfully uplifting show and you’ll be sure to have the time of your life.”
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The Telegraph (UK)
August 20th, 2023

“Gatiss keeps a handle on the play’s sitcom veneer but at the expense of anything more substantial. This is superficial froth – not something, in my view, you could ever say about Abba.”
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West End Best Friend
August 21st, 2023

“ ‘The Way Old Friends Do’ is a gorgeously realised super trouper of a play that’s well worth taking a chance on. We've done it all before and now we're back to get some more; you know what we mean, Besties...”
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