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Criterion Theatre

Steven Moffat’s hilarious middle-class satire transfers to the West End, starring Amanda Abbington, Reece Shearsmith and Frances Barber.

A satire of manners and murder

The Criterion Theatre reluctantly invites you to see Steven Moffat’s new play The Unfriend, a hilarious and dark satire that proves manners really can be murder…

When Peter and Debbie befriend Trump-loving widow Elsa on holiday, they exchange numbers and agree to keep in touch. What they don’t expect is for Elsa to take them seriously and invite herself to stay a few months later. When they look her up online and discover the deadly truth about Elsa Jean Krakowski, Peter and Debbie are faced with the most English problem imaginable: how do they politely get the murderous Elsa to go back home?

The Unfriend play is BAFTA Award winner Steven Moffat’s (Doctor Who; Sherlock) first play, and premiered at Chichester’s Minerva Theatre in 2022 to five-star reviews. It is directed by his frequent collaborator Mark Gatiss (Sherlock).

Amanda Abbington, Reece Shearsmith and Frances Barber star as Debbie, Peter and Elsa in The Unfriend West End season, reprising their roles from Chichester.

It really would be impolite to not book The Unfriend tickets! This brilliant satire about middle England’s compulsion to always be nice makes itself at home in the Criterion Theatre.

Sorry this show closed 16 April 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
15 Apr 2023 - 16 Apr 2023
Running time:
1 hour and 55 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+

The Unfriend Reviews

251 Reviews
  • 5 Stars57%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Stars2%

User Reviews


A very funny witty show penned by Steven Moffat. If you want something that isn't too taxing on the brain and is very fluffy and light-hearted/farcical then this is for you. Great comedic acting/timing by Frances Barber, Amanda Abbington and Reece Read more

Performance date: 04 April 2023

I've been wanting to see this play since I first read about it and was NOT let down. Mix together Steven Moffat, Mark Gattis, Amanda Abbington and the AMAZING Frances Barber and you have a winner straight there. Absolutely AMAZING!!

Performance date: 03 March 2023

The opening scene takes place on the deck of a cruise ship, where we meet the English couple and their new BFF. Soon, however, the backdrop parts, and the rest of the play takes place in their home - a twin-level set, with a small kitchen and larger Read more

Performance date: 04 April 2023
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