Following its acclaimed sold-out run at Chichester Festival 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.
In his theatrical directing debut, Mark Gatiss' production of Moffat's debut stage play turns the spotlight on middle class England's obsession with good manners. Don't miss this critically acclaimed production in the West End!
Age Recommendation: 14+
The Unfriend London tickets
The Unfriend, a riotous dark comedy from Dr Who & Sherlock writer and director Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss, comes to London. A cautionary tale about making friends abroad and the dangers of being a tad too British, The Unfriend asks the question – how do you politely shake off a potentially murderous acquaintance? Following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, The Unfriend London plays a limited run at the Criterion from 15 January.
Moffatt and Gatiss are an electric team and you’ll want to make sure you grab The Unfriend tickets as soon as the production lands in London. Stay ahead of the game with Stagedoor and get The Unfriend tickets in London here.
What is The Unfriend about?
When Peter and Debbie befriend US widow Elsa on holiday, they know that she isn’t exactly from their world – after all, she’s a Trump supporter from Denver with a penchant for making politically incorrect statements. But a harmless holiday friendship and an empty promise to stay in touch don’t seem like the end of the world and there really is something fun about Elsa.
However, when Elsa invites herself to stay a few months later, Peter and Debbie decide that for the sake of their children they should probably check her out online. What they find leaves them shaken, but it’s too late. Elsa is on already on a flight to London, so they’ll just have to cross their fingers and pray for their lives. There’s no way out of the situation. After all, the last thing they want is to be rude…
From Doctor Who & Sherlock writer and director Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss comes a brand new hilarious dark comedy, fresh off a sold out, critically acclaimed run at Chichester Festival Theatre. Don’t miss out on The Unfriend London tickets.
Mark Gatiss play London
The Unfriend London creative team is helmed by writer Steven Moffatt and director Mark Gatiss. The team behind the popular BBC drama Sherlock, Moffatt and Gatiss are used to walking the line between morbid and hilarious. The Unfriend features design from Robert Jones, lighting by Mark Henderson and sound by Ella Wahlström. It also boasts video design from Andrzej Goulding and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.
“I am beyond thrilled that The Unfriend is going to the West End,” said Moffatt of the transfer. Working on this show with my old friend, Mark, and my new friends, the amazing cast and crew, has been one of the happiest experiences of my professional life. They’ve all been very kind to a beginner.”
The Unfriend London cast
If you’re looking for Reece Shearsmith theatre tickets, you’re in luck. The Inside No. 9 actor stars alongside Sherlock’s Amanda Abbington and Silk’s Frances Barber in this sparkling new comedy. Also starring are Michael Simkins, Marcus Onilude, Gabriel Howell, and Maddie Holliday.
The Unfriend tickets London
Experience The Unfriend London when it arrives at the Criterion Theatre on 15 January. The first Steven Moffatt and Mark Gatiss play London has seen on its stages, The Unfriend is bound to be a sought-after ticket. And with the show only playing for a limited season, there’s even more motivation to secure your seats as soon as possible. Book now with Stagedoor.
An uproarious comedy of English embarrassment
The laugh-out-loud tale of a decidedly terrifying interloper
A brilliant premise, brilliantly realised
An irresistible comic thriller
Delicately observed comic awkwardness
A joyously idiotic spectacle
A far-fetched comedy farce that showcases some incredible talent
Humorous, with a few chiller touches
Strong performances energise this West End transfer of Steven Moffat’s light, likeable comedy
Dark comedy is (largely) audience-unfriendly
Waffly, unfocused and above all, bland
Date & time
2.30pm & 7.30pm