A brand new comedy that spans themes of devotion, desire and dancing queens arrives at The Lowry next week.

The Way Old Friends Do follows two school friends in 1988 Birmingham, one of whom has just tentatively come out as gay, the other an unlikely ABBA superfan.

30 years on, a chance reunion sees the two embark on an unlikely path, forming the world’s first ABBA drag tribute act.

Throughout the production, which seamlessly dips between laugh-out-loud funny and strikingly heartfelt moments, the pair deal with the trials and tribulations of life on the road.

The piece is written by Ian Hallard, whose acting theatre credits include The Boys in the Band (West End, Whatsonstage Best Actor nomination), Great Britain and Scenes From An Execution (National Theatre), Adventurous (Jermyn Street Theatre), Steenie (The Turbine) and Horse-Play (Riverside Studios).

Director Mark Gatiss is best known for his work as an actor, writer and producer on Sherlock, Dracula, and Doctor Who, and for being one-quarter of comedy troupe The League of Gentlemen. He has also just directed The Unfriend at Chichester Festival Theatre to critical and audience acclaim.

The Way Old Friends Do runs from Mon 22 May – Sat 27 May. Tickets are on sale now, you can grab yours using the button below.

A Manchester Wire Partnership post
Mon 22 May - Sat 27 May, The Lowry,
The Quays, Salford M50 3AZ
Bradley Lengden
Published on:
Fri 19 May 2023