The second show at the recently opened Golden Goose theatre in Camberwell tells of the relationship between comic Frankie Howerd and his long-term partner Dennis whose clandestine relationship lasted from the 1950s through until Howerd’s death in 1992. Mark Farrelly’s play celebrates Howerd’s comic genius and his refusal to do comedy with punchlines like his peers. Great to see director Joe Harmeston, who has directed in much more high-profile venues than this brave new fringe theatre, at the helm.
Frankie Howerd was one of Britain’s most loved comedians for half a century. But he had a secret. And the secret’s name was Dennis. This hugely acclaimed play by Mark Farrelly (Quentin Crisp: Naked Hope, Jarman) takes you 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 two humans' journey through closeness, love, grief and all the other things that make life worth living. Come and say farewell to a legend… and learn the art of letting go. Age Recommendation: 14+