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Amanda Abbington   Frances Barber   Reece Shearsmith

The Unfriend

A new play by Steven Moffat

Rescheduled dates for 2021 to be confirmed

Minerva Theatre

What's the worst thing you can find out about someone who's coming to stay?

After twenty years of marriage, Peter and Debbie are enjoying a cruise as a break from their annoying teenagers. Peter can’t resist exchanging views on Donald Trump with an American fellow passenger. There’s something slightly unsettling about the eagerly friendly Elsa Jean Krakowski – but there’s no point in rocking the boat when you’re about to get off it.  

Back home, an email arrives from Elsa, followed by Elsa herself. And when Debbie googles their house guest and turns up some hair-raising evidence, their good nature is challenged as never before. What kind of danger have they allowed to take up residence in their spare room? And can they bring themselves to say anything about it? Sometimes, the truth is just too impolite.

The Unfriend takes a hugely entertaining and satirical look at middle-class England’s disastrous instinct always to appear nice. Manners can be murder.

Steven Moffat is an award-winning writer, whose hit television series include Doctor WhoSherlock and Dracula – the latter two co-written with the actor and writer Mark Gatiss, who makes his directorial debut.

Gatiss is also a member of the sketch comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, who plays Peter. Last seen at Chichester in The Dresser, Reece’s recent work also includes Hangmen (Royal Court) and TV’s Inside No 9.

Amanda Abbington, whose credits include TV’s Sherlock and Mr Selfridge, and The Son in the West End, makes her Chichester debut as Debbie.

Frances Barber, last seen here in Uncle Vanya (1996) returns as Elsa; her extensive screen work includes Silk and Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.

Cast
Amanda AbbingtonDebbie
Frances BarberElsa
Reece ShearsmithPeter
Creative team
Mark GatissDirector
Robert JonesDesigner
Mark HendersonLighting Designer
Charlotte SuttonCasting Director
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