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a filthy farce from a less enlightened age

The antics of the Wicksteed home are a darkly satirical merry-go-round in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus.  Family, friends and the quest for sexual pleasures of the body (“corpus”) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through an escapade of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

Multi-award-winning playwright Alan Bennett is also a screenwriter, actor and author. His other works for the stage include The History Boys, The Habit of Art, The Lady in the Van, Talking Heads, The Madness of George III, Kafka’s Dick, Enjoy The Old Country.

As a director, Patrick Marber’s work includes Travesties 
(Menier Chocolate Factory, Apollo Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company’s American Airlines Theatre) & Leopoldstadt (Wyndham’s Theatre).



Kirsty Besterman's recent theatre credits include Macbeth (National Theatre), Genesis Inc (Hampstead Theatre), They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre) & Tipping the Velvet (Lyric Hammersmith).

Jasper Britton returns to the Chocolate Factory after having appeared in Little Shop of Horrors & Pack of Lies. Other theatre credits include The Sunset Limited (Boulevard Theatre), Witness for the Prosecution (County Hall), The Libertine (Theatre Royal Bath & Theatre Royal Haymarket) & multiple plays for the RSC.

Matthew Cottle has previously appeared at the Chocolate Factory in Communicating Doors. Other theatre credits include The Deep Blue Sea & The Chalk Garden (Chichester), How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Duke of York), Our Country's Good & A Small Family Business (National Theatre).

Jonathan Cullen's recent theatre credits include Noises Off (Lyric Theatre Hammersmith), The Merry Wives of Windsor (RSC), Winter (Young Vic), The Mentor (Bath Theatre Royal & Vaudeville Theatre) & An Enemy of the People (Chichester).

Catherine Russell's recent theatre credits include What the Butler Saw (Leicester Curve & Bath Theatre Royal), One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (Leicester Curve), Mamma Mia! (West End) & Talking To Terrorists (Royal Court & Out of Joint).

Abdul Salis' recent theatre credits include Present Laughter & The American Clock (The Old Vic), Distance (Park Theatre), Barbershop Chronicles & War Horse (National Theatre), Boy (Almeida Theatre) & Don Juan in Soho (Donmar Warehouse).

Further cast details will be released shortly.


New dates to be announced