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Following its acclaimed sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, prepare to welcome The Unfriend to the West End for a strictly limited run at the Criterion Theatre.
This riotous dark comedy from writer Steven Moffat and director Mark Gatiss, the award-winning team behind BBC’s Sherlock, stars an uproarious cast including Reece Shearsmith (Inside No. 9), Amanda Abbington (Sherlock) and Frances Barber (Silk).
While on holiday Peter and Debbie befriend Elsa: a lusty, Trumploving widow from Denver, USA. She’s less than woke but kind of wonderful. They agree to stay in touch - because no one ever really does, do they? When Elsa invites herself to stay a few months later, they decide to look her up online. Too late, they learn the truth about Elsa Jean Krakowski. Deadly danger has just boarded a flight to London! What began as a casual holiday friendship is now a threat to the lives of their children. Peter and Debbie now face the ultimate challenge of the modern world - how do you protect all that you love from mortal peril without seeming a bit impolite? Because guess who’s coming… to MURDER.
★★★★★ ‘One of the funniest plays in a very long time’ WhatsOnStage
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1 hr. 55 min including 1 interval
- Good To Know
Wednesday 8th March 7:30pm – Captioned
Saturday 18th March 2:30pm – British Sign Language Interpreted
Saturday 1st April 2:30pm – Audio Described
- Suitable For Children
Age guidance 14+
- Where Do I Go
The Criterion is on Piccadilly Circus south-east side, by The Shaftesbury Memorial Fountain (Eros). The theatre entrance faces the statue.
Piccadilly Circus tube station, exit 4, brings you to the front of the theatre.
Latest customer reviews
5 February 2023
Acting superb. Reece Sheersmith especially. Very funny. Not too long.
JCJ Confirmed ticket purchaser
29 January 2023
Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable, really good funny play with talented cast. Would thoroughly recommend.
Pam from Holcot Confirmed ticket purchaser
28 January 2023
Definitely worth booking up for!! Attended last night and it was very funny. Quick witted with an astonishing cast. I want to book up again to see the play that has been cleverly written and directed by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss before it finishes.
terry phillips Confirmed ticket purchaser
Clever script but disappointing
26 January 2023
There were some clever lines in a otherwise rather old-fashioned production. The cast, and particularly the younger members, performed well but overall the play was a pleasant experience but not a memorable one.
Michael Confirmed ticket purchaser
great fun, but twisted!
19 January 2023
Very clever, slightly macabre and twisted plot but well written and great fun. The audience, including ourselves, laughed a lot. If you like "Inside No 9 series" on tv, you will enjoy this, a longer version with great acting by the small cast of 7. Clever words, brilliant "mouldy teneager" and fun to see a dysfunctional family! Lovely theatre, too
briant Confirmed ticket purchaser