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, Trump-loving 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.
‘Effortlessly entertaining. Moffat may be the new Ayckbourn’
‘A modern suburban farce, happy simply to make audiences laugh’
‘A play that more than stands up to the team’s celebrated TV work’
‘An uproarious comedy and riotous pleasure’
‘One of the funniest plays in a very long time’
‘Tour deforce farce. Proper gut-busting stuff’
‘The funniest new play by a British writer since Ayckbourn at his peak’
‘A theatrical treat’
The Unfriend also stars Michael Simkins, Marcus Onilude, Gabriel Howell, and Maddie Holliday. It is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Ella Wahlström, video design by Andrzej Goulding and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.