'The Unfriend' to return to the West End with Lee Mack

BAFTA-winner Mark Gatiss wrote this hit comedy production that broke box office records during its run at the Criterion Theatre earlier this year.

Bea Maynard
Bea Maynard

Mark Gatiss' The Unfriend will return to the West end at the end of the year with BAFTA-winning comedian and actor Lee Mack playing one of the title roles.

This hit comedy will play at Wyndham's Theatre from 16 December for a strictly limited season until 9 March 2024.

Mack (Would I Lie to You, Not Going Out), will star as Peter, alongside Sarah Alexander (Jonathan Creek, Green Wings), as Peter's wife Debbie, and Witness for the Prosecution star Nick Sampson as The Neighbour. They join Frances Barber (Silk), who's reprising her role of Elsa Jean Krakowski.

“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.” Lee Mack said in a statement.

The Unfriend follows married couple Peter and Debbie, who's wacky American friend Elsa invites herself to stay with them after meeting the pair on holiday. When the husband and wife suddenly realise they know hardly anything about her, they decide to look her up online. They don't like what they find but it's too late. She's already on her way.

Mark Gatiss directs the creative team behind this production that includes Mark Henderson on lighting, Ella Wahlström on sound, and video designer Andrzej Goulding.

Check back for information on The Unfriend tickets on London Theatre.

Photo credit: The cast of The Unfriend (Photo courtesy of Seamus Ryan and Bob King Design)

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