Please note, this performance has been rescheduled from Oct 2023 to March 2024
A comedy with songs by Mark Carey
Music by Kevin Oliver Jones
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 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. It tells the story of his life and shows why he was considered by many of his peers to be the best, an “Imperial Clown”.
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? Why is there no statue or memorial in his home town of Southampton?
Join Mark Carey & Dani Carbery in this play that sets out to address these questions, and to show how funny this unique and deeply private man was.