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The FRIENDS Experience To Make Its Debut In Melbourne


Tickets on Sale 27 July

Could we BE anymore excited? After successful runs in the US and Europe – with over a million visitors to date and current locations in New York City, Long Beach, Detroit, Birmingham and Brussels – The FRIENDS™ Experience is making its debut Down Under in Melbourne on Friday, 1 September 2023, and the waitlist is open now! ​
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FRIENDS™ fans will be able to recreate their favourite scenes and celebrate some of the most iconic moments from the globally loved sitcom in this truly unique interactive experience, created by Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, Original X Productions, and Warner Bros. Television Group. ​
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Featuring a variety of nostalgia-packed, interactive recreated sets including Monica’s kitchen and the iconic FRIENDS™ fountain, The FRIENDS™ Experience provides guests with plenty of opportunities to explore the show’s history and recreate their favourite scenes, such as knocking on Rachel and Monica’s purple door, relaxing in Chandler and Joey’s recliners or helping Ross with the iconic sofa pivot. 

Of course, no FRIENDS™ experience would be complete without paying homage to the sitcom’s famed coffee house, Central Perk, which will be fully recreated on site complete with the legendary orange sofa. FRIENDS™ fans will also be able to take home a memento of their visit from The FRIENDS™ Experience shop where they will find a selection of exclusive merchandise. ​
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​“We are looking forward to the Australian debut of The FRIENDS™ Experience in Melbourne,” said Stacy Moscatelli, Co-President and Chief Strategy Officer of Original X Productions. “For the Australian tour, Original X Productions is partnering with TEG Life Like Touring, along with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment, to bring this incredible interactive space to life in Melbourne, celebrating the worldwide fandom of FRIENDS.”
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Rachael Carroll, Managing Director, TEG Sport and Experiences, adds, “We are thrilled to be partnering with Original X Productions, Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment to bring The FRIENDS™ Experience to Australia. FRIENDS™ is an iconic series whose popularity has continued to grow decades after the series finale. Fans will have the opportunity to experience the show like their favourite characters did, from iconic scenes to settings that played host to some of the greatest moments on the show. We cannot wait to bring The FRIENDS™ Experience to life in Melbourne.”
The FRIENDS™ Experience has also visited Paris and many US cities including Boston, Washington D.C., Chicago, as well as a permanent location in New York City.
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​Tickets for The FRIENDS™ Experience in Melbourne will be on sale from 10am on Thursday, 27 July 2023 and can be purchased via the website. ​
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​To prepare for The FRIENDS™ Experience, fans can watch FRIENDS on Netflix, 10 Peach, BINGE and Foxtel or own it on Blu-Ray™ and DVD. ​

Website: friendstheexperience.com.au
Social Handles: ​
​@friendstheexperienceanz (Facebook/Instagram) ​
​@friendstheexpanz (TikTok) ​
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Address: ​
The District Docklands - Level 1, Corner Star Crescent and Studio Lane, Docklands
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Opening Hours: ​
​Standard Hours:
​Monday: 10am - 6pm ​
​Tuesday: Closed
​Wednesday: Closed
​Thursday: 3pm - 9pm
​Friday: 12pm - 9pm
​Saturday: 10am - 9pm ​
​Sunday: 10am - 8pm
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​Extended hours on all school and public holidays
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Ticket Information: Join the waitlist/Subscribe to the newsletter: https://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=FRIEXPWAIT
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About Original X Productions ​
​Built on a foundation of creating iconic live events and location-based entertainment, OGX (formerly known as Superfly X) is dedicated to transforming the way fans interact with their favourite entertainment properties with The FRIENDS™ Experience, The Office Experience and Harry Potter™: Magic at Play. ​
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About TEG Life Like Touring
Based in Melbourne, TEG Life Like Touring has produced and toured live shows and exhibitions for some of the most popular family entertainment brands for more than 10 years. Life Like Touring productions have been seen in all major cities around the North America, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and South America. Together with their sister company, The Entertainment Store, Life Like Touring works with the world’s biggest entertainment companies, most notably The Walt Disney Company, to deliver live events, shows and exhibitions across Australia and the world. Recently, Life Like Touring and The Entertainment Store were acquired by TEG Live and became part of Asia Pacific’s leading integrated live entertainment solutions company with superior capabilities in ticketing, digital, data and the promotion of music, sport, family entertainment, esports and exhibitions. ​
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​Visit www.lifeliketouring.com.
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About FRIENDS™ ​
More than 25 years after its debut in 1994, FRIENDS™ remains one of television’s most beloved series. One of the highest-rated shows on television in its original network run, the series remains a perennial go-to in syndication and on streaming services such as HBO Max, and it continues to be a smash hit worldwide. A favourite among critics and fans alike throughout its 10-season run, FRIENDS™ not only won the Emmy® for Outstanding Comedy Series but also garnered Emmy® Awards for series stars Jennifer Aniston and Lisa Kudrow. From Warner Bros. Television, FRIENDS™ follows the lives and loves of a close-knit group of friends living in New York City: siblings Ross (David Schwimmer) and Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), along with friends Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel Green (Jennifer Aniston). FRIENDS™ was created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, who executive produced the series with Kevin Bright through Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. ​
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Warner Bros. Discovery Global Themed Entertainment (WBDGTE), part of Warner Bros. Discovery Global Brands, Franchises, and Experiences, is a worldwide leader in the creation, development, and licensing of location-based entertainment, live events, exhibits, and theme park experiences based on the biggest franchises, stories and characters from Warner Bros.’ film, television, animation, and games studios, HBO, Discovery, DC, Cartoon Network and more. WBDGTE is home to the groundbreaking locations of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal theme parks around the world, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, The WB Abu Dhabi, The FRIENDS Experience, The Game of Thrones Studio Tour and countless other experiences inspired by the Wizarding World, DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Game of Thrones, FRIENDS and more. With best-in-class partners, WBDGTE allows fans around the world to physically immerse themselves inside their favourite brands and franchises.
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