a filthy farce from a less enlightened age

A knockout revival”


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).

"I loved it"


 "As bold as it is refreshing.
Patrick Marber’s production
abounds with wit and zaniness"




Katie Bernstein's recent theatre credits include The Man in the White SuitMrs Henderson Presents (Theare Royal Bath and West End), The Play That Goes Wrong (UK tour and West End), Allegro (Southwark Playhouse), Urinetown (St James Theatre and West End), The Payback (Riverside Studios) and Rent (UK tour); and for film, Chicken Run 2.

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 Windsors: Endgame (Prince of Wales Theatre), The Deep Blue Sea & The Chalk Garden (Chichester), How the Other Half Loves (Theatre Royal Haymarket & Duke of York's), Our Country's Good & A Small Family Business (National Theatre).

Ria Jones' recent theatre credits include Sunset Boulevard (London Coliseum, Leicester Curve & UK tour), Gypsy (Royal Exchange Theatre), Guys & Dolls (Théâtre Marigny) & 42nd Street (Théâtre du Châtelet).

Thomas Josling's recent theatre credits include playing George in Sunday in the Park with George (NYMT/The Other Palace). For television, his work includes Masters of the Air

Caroline Langrishe has previously appeared at the Chocolate Factory in Murderer. Other theatre credits include Hay Fever (Chichester Theatre) & The Nightmares of Carlos Fuentes (Arcola Theatre). Her TV credits include Lovejoy Agatha Raisin.

Kelvin O’Mard recent theatre credits include SaratogaThe IK (RSC), Reggae Britannia (Royal Court Theatre), Class Enemy (Bristol Old Vic), Leadbelly (Contact Theatre) and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Leicester Haymarket). For television, his work includes Minder and Crown Court.

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). Her TV credits include playing Serena Campbell in Holby City.

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).

Dan Starkey's recent theatre credits include The Night Before Christmas (Southwark Playhouse), Frost/Nixon (Sheffield Theatres), Peter and the Starcatcher (Royal & Derngate), The Fitzrovia Radio Hour (various venues), and Muswell Hill (Orange Tree Theatre). For television, his work includes Doctor Who (various roles including Strax),  Miss Scarlett and the DukeBrassicYears and YearsGood OmensClass DismissedInside No. 9, and Wizards Vs. Aliens; and for film Sherlock Gnomes.


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