Lee Mack to lead West End return of Steven Moffat’s ‘THE UNFRIEND’ directed by Mark Gatiss

Having broken box office records at the Criterion Theatre earlier this year, producers Playful Productions have announced that Mark Gatiss’ smash hit Chichester Festival Theatre production of Steven Moffat’s riotous dark comedy, THE UNFRIEND, will return to London’s West End later this year.

The show will begin previews at Wyndhams’ Theatre on 16 December 2023 and will run until 9 March 2024, with a press night on 9 January 2024.

The production will star Lee Mack as Peter, Sarah Alexander as Peter’s wife Debbie and Nick Sampson as The Neighbour. Frances Barber returns to play the role of everyone’s favourite serial killer Elsa Jean Krakowski.

While on holiday Peter and Debbie befriend Elsa: a lusty, Trump-loving widow from Denver, USA. She’s less than woke but kind of wonderful, so they agree to stay in touch – because no one ever really does, do they?

When Elsa invites herself to stay with the family a few months later, they decide to look her up online. But it’s too late: on learning the truth about Elsa Jean Krakowski, the deadly danger is already on a flight to London! What began as a casual holiday friendship is suddenly a threat to all their lives. 

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.

THE UNFRIEND is designed by Robert Jones, with lighting by Mark Henderson, sound by Ella Wahlström, video design by Andrzej Goulding and casting by Charlotte Sutton CDG

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