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Friendsical returns to the stage in 2020 on an extensive UK tour

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE 2019 Edinburgh Festival hit, Friendsical, is returning to the stage in 2020 on an extensive UK tour, opening at the Churchill Theatre, Bromley on February 20.

This original and unique parody musical inspired by the gang in Friends, the iconic TV show, premiered at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of Assembly Festival’s programme, before going on tour. The show opened to a rapturous response from audiences, becoming one of Assembly’s top 10 best-selling shows of the festival.

With updates to the script and further developments to the design, Friendsical will return bigger and funnier than ever before.

When Ross’ wife leaves him for another woman, he fears he will never find love again. But then Rachel runs back into his life… will he end up with his one true love?

The production features original songs such as (He’s her) Lobster!, Richard’s Moustache and You’re Over Me, When Were You Under Me?

With the gang taking on naked Thursdays, a power cut and a dinosaur convention, what could possibly go wrong?

Both Thomas Mitchells (Chandler) and Ally Retberg (Phoebe) will reprise their acclaimed roles in the show. They will be joined by new cast members Ewan Gillies (Ross), Alexandra Robinson (Rachel), Tanya Shields (Monica) and Joshua Steel (Joey). And completing the cast are ensemble members Calum Gulvin and Stephanie MacGaraidh.

Produced by Birdbrooke Entertainment Ltd. Friendsical is written and directed by Miranda Larson, with designs by Anthony Lamble, sound by Olly Steel, lighting by Dom Jeffery, musical composition by Barrie Bignold, choreography by Darren Carnall, associate choreography by Michael Vinsen, and casting by Anne Vosser.

Following Bromley, Friendsical continues its 2020 nationwide tour visiting: Poole, Peterborough, Barnstaple, Cardiff, Guildford, Huddersfield, Leicester, Oldham, Bradford, Coventry, Dartford, Sheffield and Aberdeen, with further dates to be announced in due course.

NB: This is a loving parody not to be confused with the Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. series Friends.