Frank and Percy: Reviews

Find out what the critics had to say about Roger Allam’s performance as Frank in Frank and Percy at the Royal Theatre Windsor…


★★★★ What gives this unpredictable two-hander extra resonance is the casting. The venerable Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are note perfect as the duo who chat and bicker and edge towards a fragile sense of mutual understanding in a concise series of scenes. Even when they lapse into awkward silences, they remain profoundly expressive.

The Times, Ian McKellen and Roger Allam are note perfect in moving male study – 15 June 2023

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★★★★ It’s a formidable duo. Allam is as brilliantly dry as ever, his face all guilelessness and impassivity. When romance emerges, the fact that Percy is a man is rather sweetly unremarkable to him. His buttoned-up naturalism clashes believably with McKellen’s camper, more dramatic style, full of flinging arms and his trademark long linger on the end of certain wordssss. (…) The odd couple effect comes through brilliantly: as Percy reminisces about a 28-year-old toyboy he once had a fling with, with reference to his own ‘dextrous tongue’, Allam’s face flickers between surprise, confusion, horror and delight while also barely changing at all.

Evening Standard, Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in a radical odd-couple romance – 15 June 2023

★★★★ The Daily Mail, Age is no barrier to laughter – 15 June 2023

★★★ Sir Ian McKellen and (probably choosing not to be Sir) Roger Allam are Percy and Frank, the two doyens of English theatre entirely at ease with each other (…) There’s a pleasure to be had in watching two craftsmen go about their work (…)

Broadway World, Review: Frank and Percy – 15 June 2023

★★★★★ Allam and McKellen have superb chemistry on stage.  Allam does what he does best, keeping a straight and expressionless face while McKellen is more animated in his approach. The pair have razor sharp comedy timing, and they need it because this is a wildly funny play.

Theatre Weekly, Funny, heartfelt, and a truly beautiful piece of theatre – 15 June 2023

★★★ Warm performances from Roger Allam and Ian McKellen (…) Allam and McKellen are wonderfully watchable, sharing an easy, believable chemistry and wringing laughs and bittersweet emotion from the intentionally mundane dialogue. (…) Allam’s Frank is the more reserved of the two, but also the more compassionate. Holding his emotions tightly in check at first, he opens up gradually, and by the end of the play is wearing his heart on his sleeve, freed from either shame or need. Allam makes the journey feel clear and completely plausible.

© Jack Merriman, 2023

The Stage, Roger Allam and Ian McKellen share an easy, believable chemistry in this sentimental show about love in later life – 15 June 2023

Ian McKellen and Roger Allam star in a rambling but unabashed depiction of desire after middle-age. Allam, previously seen with McKellen under Sean Mathias’s direction in Aladdin, is sweetly bumbling (…)

The Guardian, McKellen and Allam’s banter meanders into romance – 15 June 2023

The two great actors have fun as old-timers who form a surprising romantic bond (…) with that zingy Allam timing (…)

The Telegraph, Ian McKellen and Roger Allam charm (…) – 15 June 2023

★★★★ Dream team: Ian McKellen and Roger Allam in Frank And Percy. Both touching and funny, with two great actors working hand in glove.
The Mail +, Touching, funny tale of two old grumps, 18 June 2023

★★★ McKellen bristles with an endearing stubbornness while Allam’s portrait of a man coming to terms with the newly realised dimensions of his sexuality and identity in later life is profoundly moving. (…) But it’s an appealingly comfortable watch, written with a gentle sincerity and played with considerable tenderness.

WhatsOnStage, Frank and Percy with Ian McKellen and Roger Allam – review, 19 June 2023

McKellen and Allam are without doubt one of the great stage double acts. Both touching and funny, with two great actors working hand in glove.

The New European, McKellen and Allam are a charming odd couple, 21 June 2023

Frank and Percy plays at Theatre Royal Windsor from Friday 9 June to Saturday 22 July 2023; and Theatre Royal Bath from Tuesday 25 July to Saturday 5 August 2023.



One thought on “Frank and Percy: Reviews

  1. Roger Allam was magnificent, I think he is a great actor and a presence on any stage.
    Producers should look at his work and get him into film.

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