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Habeas Corpus

Menier Chocolate Factory, London
Habeas Corpus
Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Patrick Marber directs a revival of Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus at the Menier Chocolate Factory from May 2020. The comedy made its West End debut in 1973, with Alec Guinness playing the role of general practitioner Arthur Wicksteed. 

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.”

The title of the play is based on the old legal term "habeas corpus",  translating from Latin as "you shall have the body". 

Previews from |
15th May 2020
Opening date |
21st May 2020
Booking from |
24th November 2020
Available until |
4th July 2020
Closes |
4th July 2020
Alan Bennett
Patrick Marber
Songs by:
Adam Cork
Neil Austin
Adam Cork
Richard Hudson
Richard Hudson
Cast list:
Kirsty Besterman, Jasper Britton, Matthew Cottle, Jonathan Cullen, Catherine Russell, Abdul Salis

Menier Chocolate Factory Venue Information

Menier Chocolate Factory, 51 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1RU
Nearest tube:
London Bridge

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Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus to be revived at Menier Chocolate Factory
Friday, 17 January, 2020, 11:07
Currently directing the world premiere of Leopoldstadt at the Wyndham’s Theatre, Patrick Marber will direct a revival of Habeas Corpus. The 1970s comedy will be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory, with performances from May 2020. Habeas Corpus at the Menier In a tweet by Baz Bamigboye, Habeas Corpus will be revived at the Menier Chocolate Factory with performances from 15th May, ahead of an official opening night on 21st May and a final performance on...
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