Cast announced for Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus at Menier Chocolate Factory

Menier Chocolate Factory

Casting has been announced for the Menier Chocolate Factory production of Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus.

Directed by Patrick Marber, the show will open 13 December 2021 with previews from 3 December, running through to 27 February 2022


The full cast revealed today includes Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb), Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Caroline Langrishe (Lady Rumpers), Catherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed) and Abdul Salis (Mr Shanks).

They’re joined by Katie Bernstein (Felicity Rumpers), Kelvin O’Mard (Mr Purdue) and Dan Starkey (Sir Percy).

The production has set and costume design by Richard Hudson, lighting design by Richard Howell, music and sound design by Adam Cork and movement by E J Boyle

The antics of the Wicksteed home are a darkly satirical merry-go-round in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus.

Family, friends and the quest for sexual pleasures of the body (“corpus”) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through an escapade of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

Tickets are on sale now from

The production will follows Paula Vogel’s Indecent which is currently running at the theatre until 27 November.

Meanwhile Brian & Roger – A Highly Offensive Play opens tonight in new space – The Mixing Room.

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