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The Unfriend

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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No refunds or exchanges after purchase.


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.

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Latest customer reviews

  • Superb

    15 April 2023

    Fantastic comedy- the best I’ve seen in years. The characters are spot on!

    FSB Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Funny show

    9 April 2023

    Really great show. The acting was excellent as is the script. Not a huge fan of the venue

    Mark Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Loved it

    31 March 2023

    funny, engaging, great characters - loved it!

    Vix C Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Funny

    24 March 2023

    Enjoyed this play, actors were amazing. The only reason I gave 4 stars is we were sitting only 3 rows back and found Francis Barber character extremely loud!!!

    Lesley Confirmed ticket purchaser