Chapter invites Cardiff to take part in ‘Frisky Fun Run’ to launch new play about Benny Hill

Posted on: 24 Jul 2017


We have decided to cancel the Benny Hill Fun Run on Saturday.

The production that plays at Chapter in September is not a celebration or a tribute to Benny Hill and his life/work, it is an analysis of his life, and an exploration of how someone whose career burned so brightly was able to fall so quickly. It looks at how what one man thought acceptable eventually destroyed him. The purpose of the ‘Frisky Fun Run’ was to create a fun chase scene to raise awareness for the production and we were inviting men and women alike to dress up in fancy dress – wear whatever they would like – to simply have a bit of fun. That said, we accept there is also a more serious side to this, indeed Chapter will be hosting Q&A sessions around the performance to discuss Benny Hill’s work and whether his overriding legacy is one of mirth or misogyny. With that in mind we have reconsidered the Frisky Fun Run and realise that as an isolated event it is sending out the wrong messages and not a true reflection of the drama.


Chapter are inviting the people of Cardiff to take part in a ‘Frisky Fun Run’ in Thompson’s Park on Saturday 29 July to launch a brand new production about the life of legendary British comedian Benny Hill. 

Participants are encouraged to dress up (or down!) for the run, which will start at 11am in Thompson’s Park. The run marks the launch of new play Benny, produced by Chapter in association with Gareth John Bale (who will direct the piece) and writer Owen Thomas (Grav). The production will star actor Liam Tobin and will run at Chapter 6-9 September.

Chapter’s Director of Marketing and Audience Development Jamie Rees comments:“The ‘chase’ scenes and accompanying ‘Yakety Sax’ theme tune are so iconic of Benny Hill that we thought, what better way to launch this fantastic new play about the man himself? With much more emphasis on the ‘fun’ than the ‘run’, and with our tongues firmly in our cheeks, we hope that lots of people will join us for a scamper in the park at the end of July to celebrate the launch of Benny, that will be on at Chapter in September.”

Benny Hill, the celebrated comedian, writer, actor and singer, passed away on 20 April 1992 at the age of 68. His body lay undiscovered in his sparsely decorated flat for two days. During these two days, and largely ostracized in the country of his birth, his television programmes were watched by an estimated one billion people around the planet. Using Benny Hill’s unique style to re-evaluate his life and work, the play Benny will revisit these lost two days at the end of the lad himself. 

Hill’s work has always been the subject of debate and Chapter will be hosting Q&A sessions around the performance to discuss Benny’s work and whether his overriding legacy is one of mirth or misogyny. 

For more information about the ‘Frisky Fun Run’ at 11am on 29 July, email For more information and to book tickets for Benny the play, on at Chapter 6-9 September, call 029 2030 4400 or click here


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