Christina Cole (The Magistrate, The Lightening Play), Jennifer Mudge (Into The Woods, Dutchman) and Lloyd Owen (Good People, The Bodyguard) will join the internationally acclaimed actor Matthew Perry (Friends, The Odd Couple) to complete the cast in the World Premiere of his playwriting debut, The End of Longing, at the Playhouse Theatre, London, from 2 February – 14 May 2016. Design is by the 2015 Evening Standard award-winner, Anna Fleischle (Hangmen), with lighting by Lucy Carter and composition and sound by Isobel Waller-Bridge.
This fast paced, and bittersweet comic new play, will be directed by the critically acclaimed and award-winning director, Lindsay Posner (She Stoops To Conquer, Hayfever) reuniting the pair, following their first West End collaboration on Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre in 2003.
Meet Jack, Stephanie, Joseph and Stevie: four lost souls, entering their forties and searching for meaning. After sharing one raucous night together in a downtown Los Angeles bar, their lives become irreversibly entwined in a rollercoaster journey that forces them to confront the darker sides of their relationships.
A sharply written and hilarious dark comedy, The End of Longing, will make you realise that broken people don’t need to stay broken.
Christina Cole’s (Stevie) stage credits include The Magistrate at the National Theatre, The Lightening Play at the Almeida Theatre and Romeo and Juliet at Theatr Clwyd. Christina’s screen credits include SS-GB, The Blacklist, Suits, New Tricks, Lumen, Partners in Crime, Rosemary’s Baby, The Assets, Second Sight, Silent Witness, Chaos, Breakout Kings, Lewis, Human Target, Midsomer Murders, Emma, Maggie Hill, Poirot: An Appointment with Death, Lost in Austen, Sold, Ladies and Gentlemen, Cane and Sea of Souls, Jupiter Ascending, Mutual Friends, Blitz, The Time Machine – Morlocks, Doghouse, Surviving Evil, Miss Pettigrew Lives For A Day, God’s Wounds, The Death of Ian Stone, Casino Royale, What A Girl Wants, Gun and Light.
Jennifer Mudge (Stephanie) will be making her West End debut in The End Of Longing. Jennifer most recently appeared off-Broadway as the Witch in Into The Woods at the Roundabout Theater for which she was nominated for a Lortel Award for outstanding lead actress in a musical. Jennifer’s other stage credits include Of Good Stock at the Manhattan Theater Club, Rocky at the Winter Garden Theater, Broadway, Happy Hour as part of the La Mama’s ADA Festival, The Philanthropist at the Roundabout Theater, Dutchman at the Cherry Lane Theater for which she was nominated for the Drama Desk Award for out outstanding actress in a play, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Geffen Playhouse, The Big Meal at the Playwright’s Horizon’s, Don’t Go Gentle at the MCC, Ooh-Rah at the Atlantic Theater, Fault Lines at the Cherry Lane Theater, Geometry of Fire and The Pavilion at the Rattlestick Theater, The Stendhal Syndrome at the Primary Stages, Reckless at the Biltmore Theater, Broadway, Only the End of the World at the Theatre 3, Off- Broadway. Jennifer’s screen credits include Shades of Blue, My American, Boss, Dead Man Down, You Don’t Know Jack, Sonnet for a Towncar, Drifting Elegant, Lefty Loosey, Madam Secretary, The Big C, The Good Wife, Mercy, Life Is Wild, Canterbury’s Law, Law & Order and L&O Criminal Intent.
Jennifer Mudge is appearing with the support of UK Equity, incorporating the Variety Artistes’ Federation, pursuant to an exchange program between American Equity and UK Equity.
Lloyd Owen’s (Joseph) stage credits include Good People at Hampstead Theatre and the Noël Coward Theatre, Stuff Happens at the National Theatre, which was included in the National Theatre Live: 50 Years On Stage, The Bodyguard at the Adelphi Theatre for which Lloyd was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical in the Whatsonstage.com Awards 2013, Loyalty at Hampstead Theatre, Blood and Gifts and Paul at the National Theatre, Clouds at the Cambridge Arts Theatre and UK Tour, Iphigenia and Edward II at the Crucible Theatre, The York Realist at the Royal Court/ Strand Theatre, The Lowry and Bristol Old Vic, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, The Tempest, Philoctetes, The Parquet Floor and The Passport all at the Young Vic, The Way Of The World at the Manchester Royal Exchange, Morphic Resonance and Our Boys at the Donmar Warehouse, Closer at the Lyric Theatre, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf at the Almeida Theatre and Aldwych Theatre, East Lynne at the Greenwich Theatre, Grab the Dog at the NT Studio, Henry VI: Part III for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Hamlet at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester and Twelfth Night with Cheek By Jowl. Lloyd’s screen credits include Silent Witness, Death In Paradise, You Me and The Apocalypse, The Originals, Midsomer Murders, Fairly Legal, Taking The Flak, Inside The Box, Inseparable, Viva Laughlin, Calais Rules, The Innocent Project, Ghost Squad, The Monarch of the Glen, The Vice, Coupling, Dead Gorgeous, Wire in the Blood, Hearts & Bones, Gypsy Girl, Get Real, The Cinder Path, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, The Story of Frankenstein, Stay Lucky, The Chief, Forever Green, Boom, Free Ride, Apollo 18, Miss Potter, The Republic of Love, Get The Picture and Between Dreams.
Matthew Perry (Jack) is best known for playing Chandler Bing in the highly rated, critically acclaimed series, Friends, which ran from 1994 to 2004.
Perry is currently the star and executive producer on CBS’s The Odd Couple, the classic comedy by Neil Simon. The series debuted as the biggest new comedy of the 2014 season, with over 13 million viewers. The second season will premiere in 2016. Previous to this Perry starred in and co-executive produced Go On, NBC’s highly rated comedy and has twice guest starred on the award-winning series, The Good Wife. In 2011 Matthew was the executive producer, co-writer and star of the ABC show Mr Sunshine. He has received Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for his starring role in TNT’s The Ron Clark Story, and in 2006 starred in Aaron Sorkin’s NBC drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, in a role that was written for him. He also received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Joe Quincy in The West Wing.
Other screen credits include the films 17 Again, alongside Zac Efron, The Whole Nine Yards, opposite Bruce Willis, which was followed up by The Whole Ten Yards, Three to Tango, alongside Neve Campbell, Dylan McDermott and Oliver Platt, Fools Rush In with Salma Hayek and A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon, with the late River Phoenix.
Matthew was last in the West End, in 2003, in David Mamet’s Sexual Perversity in Chicago – also directed by Lindsay Posner, at the Comedy Theatre.
Lindsay Posner is a critically acclaimed and award-winning director. His most recent theatre credits include Dinner with Saddam and Communicating Doors at the Menier Chocolate Factory, She Stoops to Conquer at the Theatre Royal Bath, Hayfever at the Theatre Royal Bath/Duke of York’s Theatre, Speed the Plow at the Playhouse Theatre, Other Desert Cities and The Provok’d Wife at the Old Vic, The Winslow Boy at the Old Vic & Roundabout Theater, New York, The Hypochondriac, A Little Hotel on the Side for Theatre Royal Bath, Relatively Speaking for Theatre Royal Bath/Wyndham’s Theatre/UK Tour, Noises Off at the Old Vic/Novello Theatre/UK Tour, Abigail’s Party at the Menier Chocolate Factory/Wyndham’s Theatre/UK Tour, Butley and The Birthday Party at the Duchess Theatre, Uncle Vanya & An Ideal Husband at the Vaudeville Theatre, The Turn of The Screw, Tom and Viv, House of Games, Romance and The Hypochondriac at the Almeida Theatre; A View From The Bridge at the Duke of York’s Theatre (which was nominated for four Olivier Awards), Carousel at the Churchill Theatre/UK tour/Savoy Theatre, Fiddler On The Roof at Sheffield Crucible/Savoy Theatre, Fool for Love and A Life In The Theatre at the Apollo Theatre, Oleanna at the Garrick Theatre, Calderon’s Doctor of Honour for Cheek by Jowl at the Donmar Warehouse, The Caretaker at Bristol Old Vic, Sexual Perversity in Chicago at the Comedy Theatre, Power and Tartuffe at the National Theatre, Twelfth Night, The Rivals, Volpone and The Taming of the Shrew all for the RSC, The Misanthrope and American Buffalo at the Young Vic, The Lady from the Sea for the Lyric, Hammersmith/West Yorkshire Playhouse.
Lindsay Posner was associate director at the Royal Court Theatre from 1987 to 1992 where his production of Death and the Maiden won two Olivier Awards. Other Royal Court productions in that period include: Colquhoun and McBryde; The Treatment; American Bagpipe; Ficky Stingers; No One Sees The Video; Built on Sand; Blood; Downfall; and Ambulance.