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".