March 2007 Production




22nd - 24th March 2007

by Alan Bennett
directed by Stewart Woodward

22nd - 24th March 2007

A Read-though was held on 15th November at Westbrook Hay

Auditions were on 22nd November in the Memorial Hall, Bovingdon

And now the play……


This is a famously funny, fast feast of a frolic.


Habeas Corpus was first presented at the Lyric Theatre, in 1973, starring Alec Guinness, Phyllida Law, Patricia Hayes and Andrew Sachs. Directed by Ronald Eyre.


To quote from the play copy:

‘The stage, bare except for three chairs, represents the interior and surroundings of the Wicksteed’s house in Hove. There, in a satirical merry-go-round, we meet a family and its friends and acquaintances for whom the determination to put sex and the satisfactions of the body (corpus) before everything else is the ruling passion of their lives. The permissive society is taken to task in a farcical comedy in which the characters move in and out through a maze of mistaken identities and sexual encounters. As Wicksteed says at the close of the play, “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest”.’

The Cast List:

Dr Arthur Wicksteed

 Iain King

Muriel Wicksteed

 Imogen Roberts

Mrs Swabb

 Barbara Bonney

Canon Throbbing

 Ian Creese

Constance Wicksteed

 Sally Bull

Dennis Wicksteed

 Martin West

Lady Delia Rumpers

 Nicky Woodward

Felicity Rumpers

 Laura Moore

Sir Percy Shorter

 Adam Briffett

Denzil Shanks

 Lionel Elton

Mr Purdue

 Robert Peacock