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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.

Criterion Theatre

Latest customer reviews

  • Great British Comedy

    16 April 2023

    Loved the cosy Criterion theatre. Our 'partitial restricted view' seats were great for us as the brass safty rail 'in eyeline' didnt impact our view much at all. Enjoyed the small & very hard working cast of this comedy with clever scenery which meant very few scene changes. It was funny & very clever but not sure I can agree with 'hilarious' as the ads say. It was a little too much of a fast for my personal taste, had me squirming at times - but this is due to great writing & acting.

    Reggie Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Very amusing play in lovely theatre

    16 April 2023

    My friend and I enjoyed the show very much. We found the play very amusing and this was all highlighted by the very good use of body language and hand gestures for those of us seated some way back. Would thoroughly recommend.

    Viv Jeal Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • Unfriend

    14 April 2023


    Kathryn from Fishbourne Confirmed ticket purchaser

  • best afternoon

    7 April 2023

    I heard about the play on radio 4 and booked on a whim. made it part of our 40th wedding anniversary treats and had the best afternoon. Play was brilliant, nice to see something well written and well acted. witty and great fun highly recommended

    kym G Confirmed ticket purchaser