The Unfriend (West End)
Ends Mar 09 1h 55m
The Unfriend (West End)
80

The Unfriend (West End) London Reviews and Tickets

80%
(513 Ratings)
Positive
81%
Mixed
10%
Negative
9%
Members say
Entertaining, Funny, Clever, Delightful, Cliched

About the Show

Lee Mack, Sarah Alexander & Frances Barber star in Steven Moffat's satirical play.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (139)

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25 Reviews | 0 Followers
95
Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting

See it if You like a laugh from a serious story Lee Mack absolutely brilliant timing.

Don't see it if You don't want to laugh while watching a well written story.

34 Reviews | 0 Followers
80
Hilarious, Fluffy, Entertaining

See it if Want an easy play what if filled with wit. A great script and good comedic actor really sell this play, leaving you in constant laughter

Don't see it if Don’t like physical unsophisticated humour

27 Reviews | 2 Followers
75
Entertaining, Dated, Cliched

See it if You want to see British TV and stage legends and don’t mind some uneven bits.

Don't see it if You’re not interested repeated fart/bathroom humour, and some body shaming humour.

23 Reviews | 0 Followers
72
Hilarious, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting, Clever

See it if You enjoy comedy plays

Don't see it if You don’t like silly humour

25 Reviews | 0 Followers
60
Overrated, Banal, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if you want to better understand British nature (both on stage and when audience loudly laughs reacting to jokes)

Don't see it if you are looking for something thought-provoking and don’t like toilet humor (literally…)

24 Reviews | 0 Followers
40
Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if you have a dreadful sense of humour

Don't see it if you're aware of a certain cast member's politics

20 Reviews | 1 Follower
100
Thought-provoking, Hilarious, Funny, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if If you love comedy, then you'll love this play which shows how you must not always trust who you meet but neither the online news

Don't see it if If you don't like comedy as this is not a musical

19 Reviews | 1 Follower
83
Unsurprising, Well-acted, Funny, Entertaining

See it if You like a light weight uncontentious (for most) comedy performed by very good actors

Don't see it if You want thought provoking intellectual stimulation

Critic Reviews (14)

BroadwayWorld
January 12th, 2024

"There are laughs in this play and some winning performances but there’s a better, tighter, more credible comedy lurking beneath the waves of the one we see."
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Theatre Weekly (UK)
January 10th, 2024

Razor sharp direction from Mark Gatiss keeps this gentle comedy feeling exciting, while Robert Jones’ forced perspective set draws the eye to where all the action is happening. The Unfriend is a far-fetched comedy farce that is, on the whole, very funny. It’s an easy-going delight that is effortlessly entertaining and showcases some incredible talent, on stage and off.
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Time Out London
January 11th, 2024

“It's patchy, and a bit stiff, and a bit dated...But who’s coming for depth? It’s a laugh, and there are far worse ways to spend two hours in a theatre.”
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London Theatre
January 10th, 2024

“Gatiss’s production, which feels like a cross between a play and a sitcom, is perfect for Mack’s brand of comedy...Arguably, some of the toilet humour goes on a little too long – but this can be forgiven in such an accomplished production. After all, if we’re not careful, manners will be the death of us.”
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West End Best Friend
January 10th, 2024

“If you’re looking for a few easy laughs and want to switch off for a couple of hours then head on down to the Wyndham’s. Ultimately though, ‘The Unfriend’ brings us nothing new. The cast are limited by a script that gives them no room to play.”
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The London Evening Standard
January 20th, 2023
For a previous production

“This love-in of starry small screen creatives fills a hole in the West End as a much-needed, riotous bit of fun.”
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Time Out London
January 20th, 2023
For a previous production

"Unfortunately, it’s not very good, with a half-baked script from Moffat dragged down by surprisingly starchy direction from Gatiss."
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The Telegraph (UK)
January 20th, 2023
For a previous production

“At a time when nuance seems doomed, what a glorious breath of fresh air to see the lightest-touch dramatic argument posit that people can be, yes, both terrible and wonderful.”
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