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A coffee cup with text in that reads Friend the one with Gunther

Friend (The One With Gunther)

Tickets £25

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Overview

A James Seabright production

Written and Created by Brendan Murphy

Directed by Hamish MacDougall

Performed by Joseph Maudsley

 

One man, seventy minutes, ten seasons. The entire 236 episodes of the hit 90s TV show, FRIENDS, retold through the eyes of Gunther, Central Perk’s very own ‘seventh Friend’. 

Settle down in Gunther’s café to hear the true insider story of what happened to Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Chandler, Monica and Joey from the FRIENDS character who kept them caffeinated through all the highs, lows, love affairs and failed auditions along the way!  

This award-winning show was created by acclaimed comic actor Brendan Murphy who also created and performs the multi-award-winning Buffy Revamped and is co-creator of ARIA award-nominated satirical podcast NonCensored with Rosie Holt. 

FRIEND will be performed by Joseph Maudsley, who has recently performed all over the world with the Olivier award nominated show Potted Potter, including in Las Vegas, where the show won Best New Show in The Best of Las Vegas Awards. He debuted in the show at Edinburgh fringe in 2023 receiving critical acclaim and delighting audiences. 

 

If a performance is sold out, email info@northernstage.co.uk or call 0191 230 5151 to be added to our waiting list. 

Running time

70 minutes

The Joey Special – two pizzas!

We’re offering Friend bookers the Joey special: two pizzas! 

On 6 April, when you buy two pizzas before seeing the show, you’ll receive 25% off.

From decadent toppings such as artichoke and roasted Mediterranean vegetables, to the aptly named Hearty Italian, we’ve got a selection fit for a Tribbiani.

We all know that Joey doesn’t share food – but it’s up to you if you’d like to!

We recommend reserving a table to avoid disappointment.

The Hearty Italian pizza Pizza Napoli

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Production Photos & Trailer

Trailer

Reviews

“A must-see for old and new fans of FRIENDS” `★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser 

“Both a commentary and a greatest hits… For a reduced Shakespeare style telling of the Friends saga, this can’t be beaten” ★★★★ Reviewshub.com 

“Out of five stars, it should be seven… seven… SEVEN.” ★★★★★ Broadway World 

 “Joseph Maudsley is a master of subtle and effective humour” ★★★★ Theatre Weekly 

Age Guidance

Ages 14+

There are two entrances to the theatre, Kings Road Entrance (this is the taxi drop-off/collection point) and the Main Entrance.

Both level entrances have automated doors. These lead into the foyer area where you will find the Restaurant, Bar, Box Office and entrances to Stages 1, 2 and 3.

STEP FREE ACCESS

Northern Stage is fully accessible. The theatre has three lifts providing access to all parts of the building, including the accessible toilets, baby changing facilities, stages 2 & 3 and the backstage area. Buggy parking is available

WHEELCHAIR SPACES

There are five wheelchair positions in Stage 1, two positions in Stage 2 and all seats are removeable in Stage 3.

TOILETS

We have a Changing Places toilet in the Stage 1 lobby and accessible toilets in Stage 3 and Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.  Gender neutral toilets are situated in the Stage 2 lower entrance lobby.

HEARING ENHANCEMENT

Induction loop system in all public spaces, and an infra-red system in all three stages. (In Stage 1 the induction loop is best covered in rows E – L).

ASSISTANCE

One free ticket for the assistant of a disabled person who is not able to attend unaccompanied.

BOOKING COMPANION SEATING

To book a free ticket for a wheelchair companion or an assistant, contact our Box Office on 0191 230 5151, via email at boxoffice@northernstage.co.uk or by visiting our Box Office in person.

GUIDE DOGS

Guide, hearing and all working dogs are welcome here.

SEAT ACCESSIBILITY

Stage 1: Seats are 43 cm wide, 41cm deep, with 46cm between arm rests. The aisleway is 51cm deep from the seat back. Arm rests cannot be removed.

Stage 2: Seats are 40cm wide, 41cm deep. The aisleway is 64cm deep from the seat back. There are no arm rests.

Our seats are rated to British Standards at installation and are guaranteed to hold up to 110kg.

More Information

To discuss any access needs, take a look at our access page or please call our Box Office on 0191 230 5151.

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