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The Unfriend


Steven Moffat‘s (Doctor Who, Sherlock, Dracula) smash hit comedy THE UNFRIEND returns to the West End for a limited run at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Winter 2023 to Spring 2024.

BAFTA Award winning comedian Lee Mack (Not Going Out, Would I Lie To You?) and Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Smack The Pony) star alongside Frances Barber (Silk, Doctor Who) who returns to reprise her original role of Elsa.

THE UNFRIENDdirected by Mark Gatiss (A Christmas Carol), is a hugely entertaining, yet satirical look at middle-class England’s disastrous instinct always to appear nice. Manners can be murder.

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What is The Unfriend about?

After twenty years of marriage, Peter and Debbie are enjoying a cruise as a break from their annoying teenagers. Peter can’t resist exchanging views on Donald Trump with an American fellow passenger. There’s something slightly unsettling about the eagerly friendly Elsa Jean Krakowski – but there’s no point in rocking the boat when you’re about to get off it.

Back home, an email arrives from Elsa, followed by Elsa herself. And when Debbie googles their house guest and turns up some hair-raising evidence, their good nature is challenged as never before. What kind of danger have they allowed to take up residence in their spare room? And can they bring themselves to say anything about it? Sometimes, the truth is just too impolite.

Ticket Information

Tickets available for performances from Saturday 16th December 2023 – Sat 9th March 2024

Running Time

2 hours, including interval.

Cast & Creatives

Steven Moffat (Writer), Mark Gatiss (Director), Robert Jones (Designer), Mark Henderson (Lighting), Ella Wahlström (Sound), Andrzej Goulding (Video Design), Charlotte Sutton (Casting).

Lee Mack (Peter), Sarah Alexander (Debbie), Frances Barber (Elsa)

Age Guidance: 12+

Booking Period

16 Dec 2023 - 9 Mar 2024

Weekly Performances

Monday 7:30PM
Tuesday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Wednesday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Thursday 2:30PM, 7:30PM
Friday 7:30PM
Saturday 2:30PM, 7:30PM

For group bookings of 10 or more:
Submit a request online

Or call 020 7206 1176

Venue Information

Wyndhams Theatre

Charing Cross Rd, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0DA

Get Directions

Nearest Tube/Rail Station

Leicester Square, Charing Cross and Embankment


24, 29, 176

Nearest Car Parks

Bedford Street, Upper St Martin's Lane and Cambridge Circus

Whats On Stage

'One of the funniest plays to be seen on stage in a very long time'

Chichester Observer

'Gatiss directs with the sure, tightly timed touch of a master farceur'


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