ABBA dominated the world in the 70s and 80s and it seemed as though they may go into the hall of lost legends. However, the 2008 smash hit musical Mamma Mia, which centred around ABBA’s discography, brought them back to the forefront of culture yet again. Now, there is another great ABBA project to sink our teeth into and it is touring the UK this Summer.
What Is The Way Old Friends Do?
The Way Old Friends Do is a comedy show full of heart, friendship and dancing queens.
The official synopsis reads:
“In 1988, two school friends tentatively come out to one another; one as gay, the other – more shockingly – as an ABBA fan. Nearly thirty years later, a chance meeting sets them on a brand new path and the decide to form the world’s first ABBA tribute band – in drag! But can their friendship survive the tribulations of a life on the road which includes platform boots, fake beards and a distractingly attractive stranger?”
This is the ultimate new ABBA theatre show with a fresh narrative, perfect for both old and new fans of the band.
Who Is In The New ABBA Play?
The Way Old Friends Do has been created by Ian Hallard, who is theatre alumni for his many works including Scenes From An Execution and Lovesong of the Electric Bear. The show’s director is Doctor Who’s own Mark Gatiss, who also directed the upcoming show The Unfriend.
Sally is played by Donna Berlin, who has been in the world of theatre for over 30 years now. She has been in an array of shows including A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Bacchae.
James Bradshaw plays Edward. He is best known for his role in Endeavour as Dr Max DeBryn.
Mrs Campbell will be portrayed by Sara Crowe. She has appeared in shows such as A Touch of Danger and Sheila’s Island.
Christian is played by Andrew Horton, best known for his role in Jupiter’s Legacy in 2021.
Rose Shalloo will play Jodie. She has had roles in shows such as A Christmas Carol and Malory Towers.
There are two off-stage, pre-recorded roles during the show, voiced by Miriam Margolyes and Paul O’Grady.
UK Tour Dates
The Way Old Friends Do has already begun its UK tour, staring in Birmingham this February. Upcoming dates are:
15 March – 15 April, London
17 – 22 April, Guilford
24 – 29 April, Exeter
2 – 6 May, Brighton
9 – 13 May, Cheltenham
15 – 20 May, Oxford
22 – 27 May, Salford
20 May – 3 June, Bath
6 – 10 June, York
Ticket information will give you everything you need if this show sounds up your street.