COMEDY king Lenny Henry came to Huddersfield last night to perform his stand-up piano man show.

Lenny was on stage at The Lawrence Batley Theatre as part of his Pop Life tour. The one-man performance showcased his piano playing and embraced his passion for music of all genres.

But he was unfortunately delayed getting into town, leaving a group of young drama students disappointed.

The legendary funny man has also been busy writing the play Sound Clash, and that will be performed by Exit 25 Theatre School in Huddersfield next year.

Some of the youngsters had hoped to meet him before he took to the stage.

Lenny, who has been a familiar part of British showbiz for more than three decades, has in recent years earned a degree in English, studied an MA in screenwriting and is now studying for a PhD on the role of black people in the media.

Theatre School director Julie Fountain met Lenny when she attended a directors’ weekend in London.

She said: “Our next production is Sound Clash written by Lennie for the National Theatre Connections Festival.

“Our group will perform his play in Huddersfield and at the West Yorkshire Playhouse.

“Performers from our group could then be selected to stage the show at the National Theatre in London.”

Speaking of the play she added: “It has a small cast but a big chorus and is a mixture of rap, word performance, singing and dance. It is very clever play.”

Ella Caton, 14, of Honley said: “I’ve read the play and it sounds really clever. I don’t think anybody else would be able to do it as good as he has.”

The youngsters had hoped to meet Lenny yesterday but the delay to his arrival at LBT forced him to pull out of a stage-door photocall.

But like true stage professionals the group are now looking towards their own rehearsals and performance of Peter Pan at the LBT on Saturday.