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What's Wrong With Benny Hill?

Giles Shenton Productions proudly presents What’s Wrong With Benny Hill? At The Bear Pit, Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 24 May for one night only. Read on for more venues.


The hard hitting new comedy What’s Wrong with Benny Hill, written by Mark Carey with music by Kevin Oliver Jones and performed by Mark Carey and Dani Carbery comes to the Bear Pit Theatre on Friday 24 May for one night only.

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 musical 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?

Mark Carey, in his latest play sets out to address these questions and provide an insight into a unique and deeply private man with a very public face, and tackles current issues such as cancel culture and freedom of speech.

What's Wrong With Benny Hill is at the Bear Pit on Friday 24 May then:

The Plough Arts Centre, Torrington, Devon on 15 June.

The Albany Theatre, Coventry on 5 July,

Clyro Village Hall, Powys, Wales on 12 July,

The Ropewalk, Barton-upon-Humber, North Lincs on 20 July 2025.

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