The production is set to play at the Birmingham Rep from the 17th February 2023.

Birmingham Rep and James Seabright have confirmed the full cast for the upcoming world premiere of Ian Hallard’s brand new play, The Way Old Friends Do, which will play at the theatre from the 17th February until the 4th March.

In the late 1980s, two Birmingham school friends tentatively come out: one as gay, the other – more shockingly – as an ABBA fan. Thirty years later, they reunite to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag. Can their friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road; one full of platform boots, fake beards and a distractingly attractive stranger?

Directed by  Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Dracula, Doctor Who, The League of Gentlemen), the play was written by Ian Hallard, who aslo stars in the production. The cast includes Donna Berlin (Doctors) James Bradshaw (Endeavour), Sara Crowe (Olivier Award winner for Private Lives), Andrew Horton (Jupiter’s Legacy) and Rose Shalloo (Call The Midwife). It also features the voices of two of the UK’s best-loved performers, Miriam Margolyes and Paul O’Grady.

Following its run at the Birmingham Rep, the production will then tour the UK  tour of the UK, which will include its London premiere at The Park Theatre.

The creative team also includes: set and costume designer Janet Bird, lighting designer Andrew Exeter and sound designer Ben Harrison.

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