February, 2024

What’s Wrong With Benny Hill?17Feb7:30 pm10:00 pm7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Market Theatre, Market Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2AQ, UKComedy

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What’s Wrong With Benny Hill?

What’s Wrong With Benny Hill? A musical comedy by Mark Carey presented at Market Theatre in Ledbury.

Benny Hill died alone in his spartan flat in 1992; he was 68. His body was undiscovered for several days.

Benny was, had been and still is, one of the most successful comedians of all time. When Apollo Eleven landed on the moon in 1969, millions watched live on TV but that evening many more had tuned in to The Benny Hill Show. Today, The Benny Hill Show is broadcast regularly in over a hundred countries around the world. In Britain, though, he has effectively been ‘cancelled’.

What’s Wrong with Benny Hill? is a brand-new comedy that explores the life and legacy of a very peculiar and brilliant comedian.

Benny was Charlie Chaplin’s favourite comedian. Anthony Burgess described him as “One of the great artists of our age.” He has millions of avid fans all over the world, so why has he been airbrushed from British Comedy History?

In his latest play, Mark Carey sets out to address these questions and to show how funny this unique and deeply private man was.

Music by Kevin Oliver Jones.