Habeus Corpus (September 21 – October 7, 2000)

A Farce by Alan Bennett.

“A parade of wit” – New York Times.

“A marvellous freaky farce…rowdy and ribald” – NBC.

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From the pen of Alan Bennett, who last season gave us the brilliant The Madness of George III, comes this gorgeously vulgar farce that is a downright celebration of sex and the human body. In the home of lecherous Dr. Wicksteed, wild and wicked things go on in a Feydeau-style fashion. A mountainous wife, a celibate curate engaged to his flatchested spinster sister, a cantilevered sexpot, an inveterate hypochondriac and an arrogant colonialist complete the household. Identities are mistaken, wires crossed and into this mad fun house comes a “falsie-fitter” summoned by the spinster. Things eventually do get sorted out, but not without immense hilarity along the way.