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).
A hilarious, knockout revival of Alan Bennett’s comedy
A mischievous rebuff to the grim reaper of censorship
It's a farce with a PhD in metaphysical poetry and renaissance drama
Alan Bennett's farce is now a hit-and-miss comedy
A wordy trove of humorous giggles
The show is stolen by Ria Jones, channelling Julie Walters as Mrs Swabb
It remains as a classic piece of the Bennett canon
Alan Bennett’s 1970s comedy is laboured and outmoded
Canon Throbbing is back in tragically unfunny farce
Alan Bennett revival feels outdated