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First look: Habeas Corpus at The Menier Chocolate Factory

Caroline Langrishe, Ria Jones, Kirsty Besterman,Dan Starkey, Matthew Cottle, Catherine Russell, Jasper Britton - by Manuel Harlan
Caroline Langrishe, Ria Jones, Kirsty Besterman,Dan Starkey, Matthew Cottle, Catherine Russell, Jasper Britton. Photo: Manuel Harlan

First look photos from Habeas Corpus at The Menier Chocolate Factory have been revealed.

Alan Bennett’s piece is currently running at the London venue through to 27 February 2022.

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The cast 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).

Thomas Josling, Katie Bernstein, Catherine Russell, Matthew Cottle, Caroline Langrishe, Jasper Britton - by Manuel Harlan
Thomas Josling, Katie Bernstein, Catherine Russell, Matthew Cottle, Caroline Langrishe, Jasper Britton. Photo: Manuel Harlan
Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb) - photo by Manuel Harlan
Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Abdul Salis (Mr Shanks) - by Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Abdul Salis (Mr Shanks). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Catherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed), Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb) - by Manuel Harlan
Catherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed), Thomas Josling (Dennis Wicksteed), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Dan Starkey, Caroline Langrishe, Katie Bernstein, Kelvin O'Mard, Matthew Cottle, Cathrine Russell, Jasper Britton - by Manuel Harlan
Dan Starkey, Caroline Langrishe, Katie Bernstein, Kelvin O’Mard, Matthew Cottle, Cathrine Russell, Jasper Britton. Photo: Manuel Harlan

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

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.”

The production is directed by Patrick Marber with 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.

Tickets are available online now from www.menierchocolatefactory.com

Dan Starkey (Sir Percy), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed) - by Manuel Harlan
Dan Starkey (Sir Percy), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Dan Starkey (Sir Percy), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing) - by Manuel Harlan
Dan Starkey (Sir Percy), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed), Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed) - photo by Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb) - by Manuel Harlan
Ria Jones (Mrs Swabb). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed) - by Manuel Harlan
Matthew Cottle (Canon Throbbing), Kirsty Besterman (Constance Wicksteed). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Katie Bernstein (Felicity Rumpus) - by Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Katie Bernstein (Felicity Rumpus). Photo: Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Cetherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed) - by Manuel Harlan
Jasper Britton (Arthur Wicksteed), Cetherine Russell (Muriel Wicksteed). Photo: Manuel Harlan
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