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Frank and Percy Tickets

The Other Palace

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam star in this witty and charming two-hander about connection, friendship and taking chances.

See Theatre Legends on Stage with Frank and Percy Tickets

Don’t miss your chance to see acting legends Ian McKellen and Roger Allam team up for a new comedy at The Other Palace Theatre this autumn! Frank and Percy is a poignant, witty and funny two-hander about friendship and being brave enough to make a few changes. After a hit premiere at Theatre Royal Windsor in July, two of our best stage actors make a formidable duo in the West End for a strictly limited season.

About Frank and Percy

Walk through any park and you’re likely to see old men sitting on park benches and watching their dogs play. Have you ever wondered what are they talking about? Frank and Percy lets us eavesdrop on a conversation about the weather, dogs, each other, and much more as these two men meet, exchange pleasantries, and begin to form an unexpected but heartfelt relationship. But will they dare to take a chance, or will they stay in their comfort zones?

Frank and Percy premiered in Windsor earlier this year before transferring to Bath, and has been praised for having, “bark and bite in the most unexpected places” (The Evening Standard). This story about the bonds we find in the most mundane of places is a charming show that will enthrall just as much as the glitziest musical.

Roger Allam and Ian McKellen in Frank and Percy

Roger Allam and Ian McKellen need little introduction; they this blossoming relationship to life with warmth, wit and a glint in their eyes, proving why they are two of the mot beloved and acclaimed actors in the UK.

Roger Allam is a three-time Olivier Award-winner, with credits including the original West End production of Les Misérables and television shows The Thick Of It, Endeavour and Game of Thrones.

Ian McKellen’s career spans stage and screen, from his Academy Award-nominated portrayal of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings to several Shakespeare plays including Hamlet, Richard III and King Lear.

Frank and Percy Creative Team

This brand new play comes to London with its original creative team, playwright Ben Weatherwill and director Sean Mathias. Weatherill’s previous credits include the acclaimed play Jellyfish, which ran at the National Theatre in 2019. Mathias’ previous shows include Bent, which was adapted into a film; and several collaborations with McKellen including No Man’s Land and Ian McKellen On Stage.

Tickets for Frank and Percy Available Now

This intimate two-hander is the perfect opportunity to see McKellen and Allam performing in their element live on stage, and bouncing off each other just like old friends do. It runs in London for a limited season this autumn and winter, so book early to avoid missing out.

Sorry this show closed 17 December 2023, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
16 Dec 2023 - 17 Dec 2023
Running time:
2 hours and 15 minutes including an interval.
Age recommendation:
Best for age 14+
Audience Notes:
This production features strong language, sexual references, and discussions of bereavement and cancer.

Frank and Percy Reviews

126 Reviews
  • 5 Stars78%
  • 4 Stars15%
  • 3 Stars6%
  • 2 Stars1%
  • 1 Stars0%

User Reviews


The play Frank and Percy was an absolute joy. Clever, witty script with such nuanced relationship development through language. The acting was outstanding. Both Roger Allan and Ian McKellen were exceptional. Ian McKellen particularly has such an abi Read more

Performance date: 25 November 2023

An Alan Bennett-esque gentle comedy about romance later in life. Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam both inhabit their characters fantastically. The play manages to be moving, despite delivering great laughs from beginning to end.

Performance date: 09 September 2023

Great play about the relationship that develops between two men who meet while walking their dogs. Sir Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are brilliant, both individually and the way they play off each other. I found this a very moving play

Performance date: 13 December 2023
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