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Actor Matthew Perry will not attend Friends reunion show due to rehearsals for his West End play.

His spokeswoman said “Matthew may tape something” for the tribute to Friends creator James Burrows.

In other words, this is not the reunion people have been hoping for,” Lisa Kasteler told Us Weekly.

Matthew Perry’s former co-stars, Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer and Matt LeBlanc are all expected to take part in the special.Friends reunion 2016

The Friends reunion is set to be aired on NBC on February 21.

Friends ended in 2004 after 10 series. As well as Friends, James Burrows worked behind the camera on sitcoms including Cheers and Frasier.

Matthew Perry has written and will star in the play The End of Longing… which is set to run in London’s West End from February 2 until May 14. It will be directed by Lindsay Posner.

The dark comedy follows four disparate people approaching middle age, who meet in a bar one night.


Lindsay Lohan has to do 125 more hours of community service after decreeing that activities she performed while appearing in a West End play last year did not count a Los Angeles judge has ruled.

Superior Court Judge Mark Young annulled credits that Lindsay Lohan received for time she spent in London in 2014.

Lindsay Lohan, 28, was originally ordered to complete 240 hours of community service as part of a 2013 plea deal.

It stemmed from a 2012 case involving reckless driving and lying to police.Lindsay Lohan community service

Lindsay Lohan, who made her West End debut last year in a production of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, was not present for hearing on February 25.

The actress worked with charity group Community Service Volunteers (CSV) during her time in London and reportedly lobbied insurance giant Esurance to donate $10,000 to the organization.

A statement from CSV said Lindsay Lohan had volunteered on the organization’s Positive Futures project, which works with teenagers in Hackney.

“She has built strong relationships with the young volunteers she has worked with on the scheme,” CSV said.

Yet US prosecutors questioned some of her UK activities – which reportedly included “meeting and greeting” fans in London – and challenged evidence submitted by her attorney to show the required hours had been completed.

A hearing has been scheduled for March 12, when a new community service agency will be selected.

Lindsay Lohan will have until May 28 to complete the additional community service.

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Troubled star Lindsay Lohan has made her stage debut in West End play Speed-the-Plow, although her performance did not go entirely smoothly.

Lindsay Lohan, 28, forgot her lines once during the second act of the play but she was helped by a prompt.

The actress plays the role of secretary Karen in David Mamet’s Hollywood satire, a role that was originated by Madonna on Broadway in 1988.

But one prominent critic described the Lohan as being “out of her league”.

During the curtain call, Lindsay Lohan let off a giant party popper that showered the front of the stalls with gold confetti.

Lindsay Lohan appears alongside West Wing star Richard Schiff and stage actor Nigel Lindsay who play Hollywood hotshots – Bobby Gould and Charlie Fox – who want to pitch a movie idea to the head of the film studio.

Lindsay Lohan has made her stage debut in West End play Speed-the-Plow

Lindsay Lohan has made her stage debut in West End play Speed-the-Plow

Their plan goes awry when Karen suggests a different idea for a film based on a book she was asked to read.

Thursday’s opening night at the Playhouse Theatre in London followed a week of previews and newspaper speculation about Lindsay Lohan’s performance.

The actress developed a reputation for being unreliable after her early career as a child star descended into alcohol abuse and a series of arrests.

After Thursday’s opening night, The Stage‘s critic Mark Shenton said the West End was not there to “nurture the egos of minor Hollywood actors”.

“There are really qualified actors to play this part and she’s not qualified. She was so out of her league. We are talking about the wrong Lindsay here. It’s Nigel Lindsay we should be talking about. He is a serious actor.”

Ahead of opening night, Speed-the-Plow‘s director Lindsay Posner told Whatsonstage.com that Lindsay Lohan’s involvement in the play was not an example of “stunt casting”.

“If I’d wanted to do stunt casting I would have cast a supermodel or Paris Hilton. I’ve always believed that Lindsay Lohan is a proper actress. In the movies I’ve seen her in, despite her troubles in life, I’ve always thought she was supremely talented.

“And when she came into the rehearsed readings it was manifestly clear that she hasn’t lost that talent. Although for obvious reasons I was taking a risk, I felt I was casting a really good actress for the part.”

Speed-the-Plow runs at the Playhouse Theatre until November 29.

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Lindsay Lohan will make her stage debut in the West End later this year in a revival of David Mamet’s Speed-The-Plow.

Lindsay Lohan told the New York Times last week she had been in London preparing for a potential role and was “nervous but excited”.

Lindsay Lohan will make her stage debut in the West End later this year

Lindsay Lohan will make her stage debut in the West End later this year (photo Getty Images)

David Mamet’s play, which first opened on Broadway in 1988 starring Madonna, satirizes the Hollywood film industry.

It will run at the Playhouse Theatre from September 24 to November 29.

Lindsay Lohan will play the role of Karen, a temporary secretary who puts the relationship of two Hollywood producers under strain.

It will be directed by Lindsay Posner, who previously directed other David Mamet plays including Oleanna and A Life in the Theatre.

The West End production is being brought to the stage by Theatre Royal Bath, which was also behind recent West End productions Relative Values, Relatively Speaking and Fences.

Further casting will be announced later.

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