FRIENDS Star Matthew Perry to Bring Play THE END OF LONGING to the West End

After a 12 year absence from the London stage, FRIENDS star Matthew Perry is returning to the West End in his new play THE END OF LONGING, which will run February 2 through May 14, 2016 at the Playhouse Theatre.

The star took to Twitter this evening to announce the project - hear what he had to say in the video below!

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Perry revealed more details about the piece, which he wrote in ten days and which centers on "four broken people yearning for love." He described the characters as "'a drunk, a prostitute, a woman who's extremely neurotic and addicted to antidepressants, and a simpleton" who meet at a bar in Los Angeles "pretty severely broken; and they set off on a path to be less broken. Their path is bumpy and, hopefully, funny."

FRIENDS Star Matthew Perry to Bring Play THE END OF LONGING to the West EndThe actor also joked that he'll be "doubly naked" in the West End, both writing and starring in the new work as -- wait for it -- the drunk. "It's sort of an exaggerated form of myself," Perry told the Mail. "My voice; my mind... but it's not autobiographical at all."

When asked about any similarities with the long-running sitcom FRIENDS, in which he starred as 'Chandler' for 10 years, Perry responded: "This is much more adult than FREINDS was. You do not want to be bringing your children to this play."

Lindsay Posner, who collaborated with Perry on David Mamet's SEXUAL PERVERSITY IN CHICAGO, will direct the production, which starts rehearsals in January after a NYC reading this fall. No word on the rest of the cast, but BWW will keep you posted as we learn more!

Perry currently appears in the TV series THE ODD COUPLE, with GO ON, THE GOOD WIFE, MR. SUNSHINE, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL and more among his recent small screen credits.

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