A comedian’s secret life

THE secret life of one of Britain’s best-loved comedians is revealed in Howerd’s End, a new play by Mark Farrelly, coming to the Marine Theatre at Lyme Regis on Thursday 9th September, at 8pm.

Frankie Howerd was known for his hilarious facial expressions, high camp vocal tricks and risque asides. But he had a secret away from the stage – the secret’s name was Dennis.

Farrelly, who also wrote Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, takes the audience to the heart of Frankie and Dennis’ clandestine relationship, which lasted from the 1950s until Frankie’s death in 1992.

It also affords a glorious opportunity to encounter Frankie in full-flight stand up mode. Packed with laughter, but unafraid of truth, Howerd’s End portrays the journey of two men through closeness, love, grief, and all the other things that make life worth living.

It stars Simon Cartwright as Frankie Howerd and Mark Farrelly as Dennis Heymer.