Manners can be murder in middle class Britain
Direct from Chichester Festival Theatre, The Unfriend is a satirical look at middle-class England’s disastrous instinct to always appear nice. Written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock) and directed by Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentleman, Sherlock) this hilarious new comedy will open in London’s West End in January 2023 for a strictly limited 12-week season.
The Unfriend is booking from 15 January 2023 until 16 April 2023 at the Criterion Theatre in London.
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.
The Unfriend takes a hugely entertaining and satirical look at middle-class England’s disastrous instinct always to appear nice.
Who is in the cast of The Unfriend?
The London cast of The Unfriend is to be announced.
The Chichester Festival Theatre cast featured Reece Shearsmith, Amanda Abbington, Frances Barber, Gabriel Howell, Maddie Holliday, Michael Simkins and Marcus Onilude.
The Unfriend is written by Steven Moffat with direction by Mark Gatiss, design by Robert Jones, lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Ella Wahlström and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG.
Reviews of The Unfriend★★★★ "Effortlessly entertaining" - The Telegraph
★★★★ "A hilarious dark comedy of good manners" - The Stage
★★★★ "Cringe-tastic" - The Guardian
Matinees: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Venue InformationCriterion Theatre, Piccadilly Circus, London, SW1Y 4XA
Nearest Tube or Train: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly line, Bakerloo line)
Nearest Buses: 3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 22, 23, 38, 88, 94, 139, 159, 453
Official London Theatre tickets for The Unfriend at the Criterion Theatre, London
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