Archives - Habeas Corpus

by Alan Bennett

Directed by Jack Wood

Friday 27th September – Saturday 5th October 1996 in the Auditorium

Described by Sheridan Morley as ‘a strange and rather lovely play made up of bits of farce, wit, despair, nostalgia and the AA Guide to England’, Habeas Corpus is a satirical merry-go-round. This farcical comedy, in which the permissive society is taken to task through a maze of mistaken identities and sexual encounters, is a favourite of the playwright; he calls it ‘a farce without the paraphenalia of farce…trousers fall, it is true, but in an instantaneous way as if by divine intervention.’

Its unique style certainly doesn’t prevent it from being hilarious.

Part of the Barn’s 1996/1997 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Arthur Wicksteed, MD-Dick Breeze
Mrs Swabb-Margaret Hakansson
Muriel Wicksteed-Carol Monzeglio
Dennis Wicksteed-Wesley Ball
Constance Wicksteed-Lesley Bilton
Canon Throbbing-Ron Thomas
Sir Percy Shorter, KCB-Clive George
Lady Rumpers-Anne Woolmington
Felicity Rumpers-Julie Hulland
Mr Shanks-Charles Compton
Mr Purdue-Drew Thompson

Creative team

Director-Jack Wood
Assistant Director-Matthew Walton
Set Design-Jack Wood
Lighting Design-Louis Davis
Sound Design-James Rowles
Stage Manager-Mark Owens
Assistant Stage Manager-Tim Millard
Carolyn Annand
Wardrobe Mistress-Irene Gill
Wardrobe Assistant-Tina Jolly
Properties-Alex Powell
Lighting Operator-Martyn Jolly
Sound Operator-Jimmy Wong
Set Construction Supervision-Pat Finch
Set Construction and Décor-Pat Finch
Martyn Jolly
Jack Wood
Special Music Arrangement and Recording-Keith Price

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