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A person, often met on holiday, who doesn’t understand that “let’s keep in touch” means “goodbye.” Sometimes a murderer.


Fresh from breaking Box Office records earlier this year, prepare to welcome The Unfriend back to the West End for a strictly limited run at Wyndham’s Theatre from 15 December.


BAFTA Award winning comedian Lee Mack (Not Going Out, Would I Lie To You?) and Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Smack The Pony) join Frances Barber (Silk, Doctor Who) as she reprises her force of nature performance in this smash hit comedy from writer Steven Moffat and director Mark Gatiss, the celebrated team behind BBC’s Sherlock.


While on holiday Peter and Debbie befriend Elsa: a lusty, Trump-loving widow from Denver, USA. She’s less than woke but kind of wonderful, so they agree to stay in touch - because no one ever really does, do they?


When Elsa invites herself to stay with the family a few months later, they decide to look her up online. But it’s too late: on learning the truth about Elsa Jean Krakowski, the deadly danger is already on a flight to London! What began as a casual holiday friendship is suddenly a threat to all their lives.


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.


★★★★ ‘Comic magic. A joyously funny play from Sherlock’s Steven Moffat. Laughter erupts continually throughout Mark Gatiss’s impeccable production’ Daily Telegraph


★★★★ ‘A riotous bit of fun’ Evening Standard


★★★★ ‘A viciously funny and dark comedy’ Guardian


1 hour 55 minutes including an interval


Wyndham's Theatre

32 Charing Cross Road London WC2H 0DA

Additional Details & FAQ

Access Information

For access bookings, please contact the Box Office on 0344 482 5137 or email

Cancellation Policy

No refunds or exchanges after booking.

Suitable For Children

Recommended for ages 12+

Everyone, regardless of age, must have their own ticket to enter the theatre. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by and sat next to a ticketholder who is at least 18 years old. Children under the age of 4 will not be admitted. Latecomers may not be admitted until a suitable break in the performance. You may not bring food or drink purchased elsewhere.

Where Do I Go

Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0DA

Take an immediate left down Duncannon Street and then turn right up St Martins Place. Continue past the Garrick Theatre as the road turns into Charing Cross Road. The theatre is next to Leicester Square tube station.


4.4(18 reviews)
  • Jo

    Mar 1, 2024

    Absolutely loved it. Very funny.

  • Theatre goer

    Feb 22, 2024

    Gentle force well acted Frances Barber was exceptional

  • Louise Finn

    Feb 16, 2024

    We were gutted to book tickets months in advance specially to see Lee Mack and was the only day he was sick ! The understudy though did well and Francis Barber was brilliant. All in all my husband and I enjoyed it.

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