Tuesday 11 July 2006
Theatre Royal, Bath

Habeas Corpus

Habeas Corpus

By Alan Bennett.
Directed by Peter Hall.
Starring James Fleet.

"He whose lust lasts, lasts longest" in Alan Bennett's action-packed comedy set in Brighton in the 1960s. Here the lust and longing of the permissive society has well and truly taken hold of the apparently respectable Wicksteed family. With a succession of characters ranging from a rampant doctor and a randy vicar to a frustrated flat-chested spinster and a baffled domestic cleaner, this rollicking farce is as saucy and English as a seaside postcard.

Alan Bennett's wry observations of life have made him one of the country's best-loved writers. Written in 1973, Habeas Corpus is one of Alan Bennett's most popular plays.

Doctor Wicksteed is played by James Fleet, best known for his performance as Hugo in BBC TV's The Vicar Of Dibley and his role as Tom in Four Weddings and A Funeral.