Steven Moffat’s black comedy began rehearsals this week ahead of its run at the Wyndham’s Theatre, where it is playing from 16 December 2023 to 9 March 2024.
As previously announced Lee Mack (Would I Lie To You, Not Going Out) and Sarah Alexander (Pennyworth, Coupling, Jonathan Creek) are set to lead the cast as married couple Peter and Debbie, with Frances Barber (Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool) returning to the role of Elsa Jean Krakowski. Nick Sampson (Witness for the Prosecution, Anthony and Cleopatra) will play The Neighbour.
Cast announced today are: Muzz Khan (Behind The Beautiful, Ten (Stop The War)) as PC Junkin, Maddie Holliday (Afterlife, The Unfriend at the Criterion) as Rosie and Jem Matthews as Alex in his West End debut. The company is completed by Christopher Jordan (Hedda Gabler at The Old Vic, The Unfriend at the Criterion) as understudy Peter/The Neighbour, Cathy Walker (Witness for the Prosecution, The Unfriend at the Criterion) as understudy Debbie/Elsa, Charlie Richards (The Play That Goes Wrong, Four Score Years And Ten) as understudy Alex/PC Junkin and Poppy Shepherd (Our Generation) as understudy Rosie.
Lee Mack said: “I’m delighted to be joining The Unfriend with the brilliant Sarah Alexander and the wonderful Frances Barber, and of course all the other amazing cast. It’s such a fantastically written play by Steven Moffat that I might even go the whole hog and learn the words.”
Written by Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock), The Unfriend is directed by Mark Gatiss.
The show previously featured Reece Shearsmith as Peter, Amanda Abbington as Debbie, and Michael Simkins as The Neighbour.
The show is produced by Playful Productions, Eric Kuhn, Karl Sydow, Sayers And Sayers Productions, and Sue Vertue for Hartswood Films.
First day of rehearsal photos