The Unfriend

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See Lee Mack in a hilarious dark comedy of manners with The Unfriend play tickets

What’s more important, being polite or being alive? Dark comedy of manners The Unfriend returns to the West End following a box office-busting season earlier this year, with Lee Mack starring as one half of a British couple hosting a potential murderer in their home! This “viciously funny” (The Guardian) play from Sherlock and Doctor Who showrunners Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss is the laugh-out-loud hit you can’t miss at Wyndham’s Theatre

While on holiday, married couple Peter and Debbie strike up a friendship with loud, brash and Trump-supporting Elsa, and agree to stay in touch. Holiday friends aren’t real friends after all. Sadly, Elsa thinks differently because she is soon inviting herself to stay! Awkwardness turns into horror when Peter and Debbie look her up online and make a horrifying discovery. How will they get rid of her and keep their family safe… without seeming too rude? 

Lee Mack stars as Peter alongside Sarah Alexander as Debbie and Frances Barber as Elsa in The Unfriend play. Mack is known for the BBC sitcom Not Going Out and the panel show Would I Lie To You, while Alexander’s credits include Moffat’s Coupling and Smack The Pony. Barber has played glamorous, murderous Elsa since the play’s first performances and has also appeared in Silk and Doctor Who

The Unfriend is Steven Moffat’s first stage play, directed by Mark Gatiss (The League of Gentlemen). The duo are responsible for some of the best television of the 21st century including Sherlock and Doctor Who, and their eye for making the mundane both hilarious and outrageous is on full display here. 

Guess who’s coming to murder! The Unfriend play “hits the funny bone with a twang” and delivers the very best of British humour: self-deprecating, witty and a bit menacing too. Don’t miss its return to London in December 2023. 

Child friendly?

The Unfriend play is recommended for ages 14+.