With phenomenal demand for tickets and most performances already sold out, producer Bill Kenwright has added two final weeks to the limited season of Ben Weatherill’s new comedy, Frank and Percy, at The Other Palace in London. The production, starring Ian McKellen (Percy) and Roger Allam (Frank) and directed by Sean Mathias, will now run until Sunday 17 December. Tickets for the extra two final weeks are now on sale.
Frank and Percy received its critically acclaimed world premiere at the start of a record-breaking run at Theatre Royal Windsor, followed by two sold-out weeks at Theatre Royal Bath. Performances at The Other Palace began on 8 September.
Frank and Percy is a poignant and witty take on the unexpected relationship that blossoms between two men. Devoted to their canine companions, they believe that human connection is far more temperamental, but, as their dogs play in the park, can Frank, a widowed schoolteacher, and Percy, a somewhat radical elder statesman, find the time for new love, or should they just let sleeping dogs lie?
The Other Palace owner and producer, Bill Kenwright said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer more theatre lovers the opportunity to enjoy Ben Weatherill’s new play by extending our record-breaking run at The Other Palace by two weeks only. The play reunites two of the greatest actors of a generation in an intimate setting, beautifully directed by Sean Mathias.”
Frank and Percy’s limited run at The Other Palace must end on Sunday 17th September and will be followed by the next musical production in the main house, to be announced shortly.
Frank and Percy has also seen the launch of a new writing development fund at The Other Palace. 50p from each ticket sold on all productions in the main house, will be allocated to a ring-fenced fund specifically to support the development of new writing and emerging playwrights. The fund will provide grants for new writing from an open call to support, commission and workshop new and emerging writers to develop new plays and musicals, which will then receive a sharing or staged production in the studio at The Other Palace. Full details of the first open call and details on how to apply will be announced later this year.