Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus to be revived at Menier Chocolate Factory


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 BamigboyeHabeas 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 4th July.

Details on casting and a full creative team for Habeas Corpus are to be announced.

The production will be directed by Patrick Marber, whose West End directorial credits include Pinter 5 as part of the Pinter at the Pinter season by the Jamie Lloyd company, Exit the King at the National Theatre and a revival of Don Juan in Soho at the Wyndham’s Theatre, starring David Tennant. Later this month, the world premiere of Tom Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt will begin performances at the Wyndham’s Theatre, directed by Marber.

About Habeas Corpus

Translating from Latin as “you shall have the body”, Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus is a comedy play that follows Dr. Arthur Wicksteed, a general practitioner who is treating his patient Felicity Rumpers in 1960s Brighton. The play was first performed in the West End over 40 years, with Alec Guinness starring as Arthur Wicksteed at the Lyric Theatre in 1973, where it ran for over a year.

The play was last revived in London in 1996, with Sam Mendes directing Jim Broadbent at the Donmar Warehouse.

New productions at the Menier Chocolate Factory

As well as Habeas Corpus, Menier audiences can also look forward to the London transfer of Indecent, a two-time Tony Award-winning play by Paula Vogel that examines the actions behind what it took to put a 1920s Broadway play on stage, with performances from 13th March.

Habeas Corpus is at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 15th May.

Photo credit: Ewan Munro (Flickr) under CC 2.0

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