Frank and Percy

22nd July 2023

Tickets from £20.00

Running time approx 2 hours 25 minutes

Age guidance: 14+

Content warnings: Strong language, sexual references, and discussions of bereavement and cancer.

Production warnings: TBC

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★★★★★ – The New European | ★★★★★ – Theatre Weekly | ★★★★★ – Sardines Magazine | ★★★★ – Daily Mail | ★★★★ – The Times | ★★★★ – Mail on Sunday | ★★★★ – Evening Standard

“Both touching and funny with two great actors working hand in glove – Mail on Sunday

McKellen and Allam are without doubt one of the great stage double acts – The New European

“The venerable Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are note perfect – The Times

Bill Kenwright and Theatre Royal Windsor present Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in the World Premiere of Ben Weatherill’s Frank and Percy, under the Directorship of Sean Mathias.

Frank and Percy is a poignant and witty take on the unexpected relationship that blossoms between two men.

Ever seen a couple of old boys on a park bench and wondered what they are chatting about?

In his new play Ben Weatherill lets us overhear Frank and Percy as they discuss the weather, then their dogs and then each other and so much more. Will the widowed schoolteacher and the elder statesman dare to risk changing their lives or let sleeping dogs lie?

Old friends, three-time Olivier Award winner Roger Allam, and one of our greatest stage and screen actors, Ian McKellen, re-unite with Director Sean Mathias, for this witty, poignant two-hander.

The play is the first to make its world premiere in this year’s summer season directed by Sean Mathias, ahead of Simon Williams’ Alone Together which will see Martin Shaw and Jenny Seagrove together on stage again.

Sean Mathias is a leading British Theatre Director, Film Director, and Writer with numerous awards to his name including the WhatsOnStage Award, Evening Standard Theatre Award, the Critics’ Circle Theatre Award, a Fringe First at Edinburgh, and the Prix de la Jeunesse at Cannes. His multi-award-winning career includes productions at the Royal National Theatre, The Kennedy Centre, The Mark Taper Forum, Paris, Sydney, and Cape Town, including many productions on Broadway, as well as 3 Summer Seasons as guest Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Windsor.

“I cannot believe my luck in finding such a charming and original new play as Frank and Percy. Ben Wetherill is a true young talent in the theatre. And to have reunited Ian and Roger after almost 20 years since we all did Aladdin together at the Old Vic is a real coup.” – Sean Mathias