Monkhouse, man and myth explored in play at The Place

Simon Cartwright as Bob Monkhouse
Simon Cartwright as Bob Monkhouse

A new play following the highs and lows of the life of the late comedian Bob Monkhouse is coming to Bedford.

Starring Simon Cartwright as Monkhouse and written by Alex Lowe, The Man Called Monkhouse will be staged at The Place in Bradgate Road on Sunday.

The story follows a mid-90s Monkhouse, who finds that his treasured joke books have been stolen. The dilemma forces Monkhouse to reflect on his difficult childhood, his whirlwind television career and his eventual rebirth as a comic genius.

The divisive comedian is at the heart of the play, which is described as “affectionate, funny and moving”.

It explores the trials and tribulations of a comic who was largely “misunderstood”.

Leading star Cartwright once performed with Monkhouse himself on the BBC’s Opportunity Knocks.

Writer Alex Lowe has worked on a variety of television shows and plays.

Director Bob Golding is best known for his performance as Eric Morecambe in the Olivier Award-winning play Morecambe.

Full-price tickets cost £14.

Call 01234 354321 or visit www.theplacebedford.org.uk to book.