Habeas Corpus Tickets London Theatre

Habeas Corpus Tickets

3.3 (3) · ComedyContemporary Drama

A filthy farce from a less enlightened age

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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).

Critic reviews

A hilarious, knockout revival of Alan Bennett’s comedy

The Independent

A mischievous rebuff to the grim reaper of censorship

· The Telegraph

It's a farce with a PhD in metaphysical poetry and renaissance drama

· The Arts Desk

Alan Bennett's farce is now a hit-and-miss comedy

· London Theatre

A wordy trove of humorous giggles

· WhatsOnStage

The show is stolen by Ria Jones, channelling Julie Walters as Mrs Swabb

· Broadway World

It remains as a classic piece of the Bennett canon

· Theatre Weekly

Alan Bennett’s 1970s comedy is laboured and outmoded

· The Times

Committed cast

· The Stage

Canon Throbbing is back in tragically unfunny farce

· The Guardian

Alan Bennett revival feels outdated

· Evening Standard
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Date & time

Show ended
Fri 3 Dec, 2021 - Sat 26 Feb, 2022
3.30pm & 8pm


53 Southwark Street SE1 1RU London, UK · Get Directions
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