The Unfriend
Paperback, 96 pages ISBN: 9781839041501Publication Date:
19 Jan 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook, 96 pages ISBN: 9781788506519Publication Date:
19 Jan 2023
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First Staged:
Minerva Theatre, Chichester, 2022

The Unfriend

By Steven Moffat

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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. 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! But how do you protect all that you love from mortal peril without seeming, well, a bit impolite? Because guess who's coming... to murder!

Steven Moffat's play The Unfriend takes a hilarious and satirical look at middle-class England's disastrous instinct always to appear nice. It was first performed at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester, in 2022, before transferring to London's West End – first to the Criterion Theatre, then to Wyndham's – in 2023.

Steven Moffat is an award-winning writer whose internationally successful television shows include Doctor Who, Sherlock and Dracula – the latter two co-written with actor and writer Mark Gatiss, who made his stage directorial debut with The Unfriend.

'We're dying of manners. We're under siege from personal embarrassment. This is not sane. This is not rational. That woman is a monster!'

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'Steven Moffat has skilfully crafted one of the funniest plays to be seen on stage in a very long time... pure comedy gold... a comedy of manners that niftily speeds along and is full of outrageous humour... never anything except laugh-out-loud funny... a killer comedy to die for'


'Effortlessly entertaining... The action is line-by-line funny and an apt commentary on English middle-class manners... Moffat may be the new Ayckbourn'


'A hilarious dark comedy of good manners... a tour de force of toilet farce, proper gut-busting stuff'

The Stage

'A cringe-tastic play of exquisite embarrassment... worthy of a place in the macabre comedy series Inside No 9'


'Boasts a ruthlessly efficient devotion to the punchline and a relentless urgency in ratcheting up the awkward tension. Every second or third line of this farcical modern comedy of manners is a gag... The premise is brilliant in its simplicity and hugely effective in its laugh-filled execution'


'A much-needed, riotous bit of fun... an uproarious comedy of English embarrassment... a relentlessly snowballing orgy of cringe and discomfiture... a delight'

Evening Standard

'Hits the funny bone with a welcome twang'

The Times
Paperback,96 pages ISBN: 9781839041501Publication Date:
19 Jan 2023
Size: 198mm x 129mm£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
Ebook,96 pages ISBN: 9781788506519Publication Date:
19 Jan 2023
£10.99 £8.79You save £2.20 (20%)
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