“Habeas Corpus” by Alan Bennett, directed for Chester Theatre Club by Mark Newman is set in Brighton’s well-to-do district of Hove takes and a wry look at the sexual revolution of the 1960s and its effects on the Wicskteed family, the seemingly respectable but sex obsessed GP Dr Arthur Wicksteed, his sexually frustrated wife Muriel and their hypochondriac Son, Dennis plus a whole host of other stereotypical, larger than life characters including the lecherous and appropriately named Vicar, Canon Throbbing, the Wicksteed’s charlady Mrs Swabb and travelling salesman Mr Shanks. Unwanted amourous advances, mix ups and mistaken identities make for a wonderfully riotous romp, in the finest tradition of British comedy.The play’s Director, Mark Newman said “It’s been a great play to work on, the cast and crew have had a ball in rehearsals and we hope the audiences will have as much fun watching it as we have had putting it together. We have a wonderfully talented cast and the set builders and painters have done a fantastic job in creating a vibrant and colourful set, it feels like your actually in one of Donald McGill’s famous Seaside postcards”.
The play runs in the Auditorium at Chester Little Theatre in Gloucester Street, Newtown, Chester from Saturday 4th – Saturday 11th July. Tickets are £8.50 with £7.00 concessions available for the perfomances on the first Saturday and Monday and Tuesday evenings and can be booked on 0333 663366(booking fee applies) or online at www.chestertheatreclub.co.uk where full details of Habeas Corpus and all upcoming shows and events at the theatre can be found.
press release: Paul Crofts