A new play coming to Brighton will celebrate all things Abba in city where the band rose to stardom.

The Way Old Friends Do, described as “simultaneously tender and laugh-out-loud funny”, will come to the city next month as part of a national tour.

The play, directed by Sherlock and Doctor Who star Mark Gatiss, follows two friends who form an Abba tribute band in drag.

A synopsis for the play said: “In 1988, two school friends tentatively come out to one another: one as gay, the other - more shockingly - as an ABBA fan.

The Argus: The Way Old Friends DoThe Way Old Friends Do (Image: Theatre Royal)

“Nearly thirty years later, a chance meeting sets them on a brand-new path and they 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?”

The Argus: Mark Gatiss and Ian HallardMark Gatiss and Ian Hallard (Image: Theatre Royal)

The play features a number of familiar faces including Ian Hallard, who features in The Crown and also wrote the play.

Also featured in the show are the voices of Myriam Margoyles and the late Paul O’Grady.

The Way Old Friends Do comes to the Theatre Royal in Brighton from Tuesday, May 2, to May 6.