Producer and theatre owner Bill Kenwright is running his Theatre Royal Windsor season for a third year, once again directed by Sean Mathias.
Two world premieres are at the centre of the season: Frank and Percy by Ben Weatherill starring Ian McKellen and Roger Allam, as announced recently for the Theatre Royal Bath, and which plays at the Theatre Royal Windsor from 9 June to 22 July 2023; and new play Alone Together by Simon Williams from 4 August 2023 to 19 August 2023.
Previous Theatre Royal Windsor seasons have included Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Chekhov’s The Cherry Orchard in 2021, and Frederick Knott’s Dial M for Murder and Enid Bagnold’s The Chalk Garden in 2023.
Director Sean Mathias said in a press statement: “I cannot believe my luck in finding not one but two charming and original new plays for the season. Ben Weatherill (Frank & Percy) is a true young talent in the theatre. And to have reunited Ian and Roger after almost 20 years since we all did Aladdin together at the Old Vic is a real coup. Both Frank and Percy, and Alone Together explore the fragility and joy of relationships in all their different forms, and what forges and strengthens bonds between humans, at a time when more than ever, we all need to love and support one another.
Producer Bill Kenwright said: “Sean has firmly established the summer season at Theatre Royal Windsor as the highlight of our dramatic theatrical year. (We should never forget our hugely loved and much needed record-breaking annual panto!). This year it is great to be exploring two new plays from an exciting new playwright (Ben Weatherill), and a dear friend of mine and of Theatre Royal Windsor (Simon Williams) whose writing skills get better with every play of his I read. I love for us to present new plays at Windsor, although to be honest it’s not always easy in a regional theatre with no subsidy whatsoever. so I’m particularly pleased that Sean and I have chosen these two as our new adventures.”
Frank and Percy is a poignant and witty take on the unexpected relationship that blossoms between two men, and stars three-time Olivier Award winner Roger Allam, and multi-award winning TV, film and stage star Ian McKellen.
Alone Together sees a woman in a long, unhappy marriage find comfort in a chance meeting with Jonty, a young novelist. Each have secrets to protect and pasts to work through, was it really a chance encounter? Casting for Alone Together is to be announced.