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Christina Cole and More in The End Of Longing at the Playhouse Theatre

Sunday, 10th Jan 2016  

As February gets closer the start-date of Matthew Perry’s The End Of Longing looms. The show not only marks the first time audiences have seen Perry in the West End for over a decade, it is also the actor’s debut as a playwright, so a lot hangs on the production and plenty of People will be flocking to see it firsthand.

And now we have some more names to add to the cast list as Christina Cole is amongst those heading to the Playhouse Theatre to appear alongside Perry when the show begins previews next month. She will play Stevie in the production with other newly-announced cast members Lloyd Owen (who plays Joseph) and Jennifer Mudge (Stephanie).

Matthew Perry is obviously best known for appearing in the hit television series Friends and undoubtedly audiences will be eager to see him perform in the flesh, but the other cast members have also spent time onscreen. Christina Cole, who plays Stevie, has appeared in numerous television shows from The Blacklist and The Vampire Diaries to Hex and Doctor Who, as well as films like Jupiter Ascending and Blitz. This won’t be her first time on a London stage either, as her previous theatre credits have included the Lightning Play at the Almeida Theatre in Islington.

When she steps into the role of Stevie in The End Of Longing she will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who is one of the most acclaimed directors working in the West End. He previously directed Sexual Perversity In Chicago at the Comedy Theatre (now going by the name the Harold Pinter Theatre) which starred Matthew Perry. His name is often brought up when high profile west end shows are announced.

Jack (Perry), Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie make up the four friends who make a new life journey in Los Angeles. All of them are heading into their forties and are about to embark on a new chapter in life. So they spend a big night together in a bar and what comes next is both dark and comic as their relationships unfold onstage.

The End Of Longing is the next show headed to the Playhouse Theatre following the current production The Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games from February 2016.

Chris Packer
Chris Packer Chris Packer has been writing about the West End for many years and wishes this knowledge would help him win some pub quizzes. When he’s not writing about the newest shows he’s probably watching films or anticipating the latest releases.

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