The Unfriend

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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’
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Duration

1 hr. 55 min including 1 interval

Booking Information

Wednesday 8th March 7:30pm – Captioned

Saturday 18th March 2:30pm – British Sign Language Interpreted

Saturday 1st April 2:30pm – Audio Described

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

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For access information please call the box office please call 020 7839 8811 or email boxoffice@criterion-theatre.co.uk

Suitable For Children

Age guidance 14+

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after purchase.

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.

Reviews

4.8(5 reviews)
  • Tanya

    Jan 29, 2023

    A solid 4/5 light comedy deftly written by Moffat and Gatiss, expertly brought to life by Shearsmith and the irrepressible Francis Barber. It’s a fun comment on British manners and life with teenagers and nosy neighbours! It would be a 5/5 but ‘toilet humour’ is not my thing although the audience found it hilarious.

  • Jim

    Jan 25, 2023

    Writing that you can relate to and still find hilarious. Performances that blew the audience away (the kids get a special mention, holding their own amongst an outlandishly talented cast). Just go.

  • Sean Patchett

    Jan 25, 2023

    Typically tongue in cheek script from Steven Moffat and carried off brilliantly by the cast!

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