Frank and Percy

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See Ian McKellen and Roger Allam on stage with Frank and Percy play tickets

Finish 2023 with a trip to see two of our very best actors creating theatrical magic together in Frank and Percy at The Other Palace. Ian McKellen and Roger Allam star in this heartwarming two-hander about men who develop a surprising relationship whilst walking their dogs. After an acclaimed world premiere at Theatre Royal Windsor, Ben Weatherill’s “droll and deeply touching” (The Times) comedy transfers to the West End for a limited season.

When retired school teacher Frank (Allam) and elder stateman Percy (McKellen) meet in a park and start chatting, their idle conversation touches on all the usual topics: the weather, the news, what breed their dogs are. But as time passes, the pair find themselves broaching more personal topics. They chat, bicker, and enjoy the first blooms of an unexpected relationship… but will they dare to risk changing their lives when so much of it has already passed them by?

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are “one of the great stage double acts” (The New European) in the Frank and Percy play, bringing a sense of mischief, warmth and depth to the two older men who discover friendship and more. McKellen is best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as an impressive stage career including Hamlet, Richard III and No Man’s Land. Allam is an Olivier Award-winning actor known for roles in Cabin Pressure, The Thick of It and Endeavour

Weatherill’s Frank and Percy play is the follow-up to his hugely acclaimed show Jellyfish, which ran at the National Theatre in 2019. It is directed by Sean Mathias (Ian McKellen On Stage, No Man’s Land) with design by Morgan Large

Poignant, witty and performed with incomparable charm by McKellen and Allam, don’t miss the uplifting Frank and Percy play in London this year. 

Child friendly?

This production is best for ages 14+. The Frank and Percy play contains some adult themes including strong language, sexual references, and discussions of bereavement, grief and cancer.