by Alan Bennett
Directed by Martin Chadwick
- Arthur Wicksteed - Alan Miller
- Muriel Wicksteed - Anne Chadwick
- Dennis Wicksteed - Wayne Brankin
- Constance Wicksteed - Val Nicholson
- Mrs. Swabb - Kath Riley
- Canon Throbbing - Stephen Dixon
- Lady Rumpers - Viv Thornber
- Felicity Rumpers - Laura Chadwick
- Mr Shanks - Steve Grist
- Sir Percy Shorter - Tom Garner
- Mr Purdue - Kevin Kay
- Production Manager:- Kevin Kay
- Stage Manager: - Giles Williams
- Sound & Lighting:- Richard ('Anson and Perry Macro
- Props:- Marilyn Jones. Pru Wilkinson, Stephanie Kendrick.
- Wardrobe:- Lynne Atkinson & cast
- Set Design: - Martin Chadwick
- Set construction: Nigel Catterall, Richard ('Anson
- Chris Thornber,Trevor Riley Prompt: - Dorothy Spencer
- Programme & Poster Logo: - Noreen Lobo
- Programme: - David Lewis
- Front of House: - David Baxter & the Garrick Team
It is 35 years since I first saw ‘Habeas Corpus’ and I laughed so much that I knew it was a play that I wanted to be in or direct, and when I started directing a few years later I put it forward to the Garrick committee. Unfortunately they thought it too risqué and so I have had to wait until now to get the chance to do it.
Alan Bennett is wonderful observer of people and in this play he pops fun at various aspects of life in the 1960s, the permissive society, the medical profession, the upper classes and the clergy included.
His main character is Dr Wicksteed who is not averse to lusting after his more attractive female patients, his wife Muriel who is desperate to break out of a loveless marriage, his hypochondriac son Dennis whom he detests and his dowdy, flat chested sister, Connie, who longs to find her Mr. Right. Add to these Muriel’s old flame, Sir Percy Shorter, who has a chip on his shoulder about his height or lack of it, Cannon Throbbing who looks up girls skirts but thinks marriage will cure it, Lady Rumpers who has a skeleton in her cupboard and her daughter, Felicity, who has her own little problem. Then we have Mr. Shanks who is on a mission and Mr. Purdue who is threatening suicide.
The whole play is held together by the sharp witted cleaner Mrs. Swabb. You will notice that the author has given his characters names to match their persona.
We have laughed continuously throughout rehearsals and we hope that you get as much pleasure watching it as we have done. You might still find it risqué, but we hope you find it as saucy as a seaside postcard. M.C.
Kath Riley as
Alan Miller as
Anne Chadwick as
Wayne Brankin as
Val Nicholson as
Stephen Dixon as
Viv Thornber as
Laura Chadwick as
Steve Grist as
Tom Garner as
Sir Percy Shorter
Kevin Kay as
The play directed
by Martin Chadwick