Sir Ian McKellen, the iconic actor, is making a much-anticipated return to London's West End theatre scene. Teaming up with Roger Allam, renowned for his role in Endeavour, they are set to grace the stage of The Other Palace with the comedic production, "Frank and Percy." The play, penned by the gifted Ben Weatherill, had its inception at the Theatre Royal Windsor and soon after, captivated audiences at the Theatre Royal Bath, selling out within two weeks.
"Frank and Percy," under the astute direction of Sean Mathias, dives deep into the dynamic between two seemingly divergent characters. Both fiercely protective of their canine companions and generally wary of human interactions, they find themselves forging an unexpected bond. As their dogs frolic, Frank, a grieving schoolteacher, and Percy, an erstwhile fervent politician, discover a budding relationship.
The director Mathias expressed his excitement over the play and the reunion of Ian and Roger, recalling their previous collaboration nearly two decades ago in "Aladdin" at the Old Vic. He emphasized the narrative's focus on human connections' delicate nature and importance. Paul Taylor-Mills, The Other Palace's Artistic Director, echoed the sentiment, acknowledging the stellar credentials of the lead actors and celebrating the vibrancy of London's theatre world.