Bennett comedy at Riverhead Theatre

The Alan Bennett comedy Habeas Corpus is at Louth's Riverhead Theatre this month
The Alan Bennett comedy Habeas Corpus is at Louth's Riverhead Theatre this month
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The Lincoln Company brings Alan Bennett’s first play - Habeas Corpus - to the stage of Louth Riverhead Theatre this month.

The lust and longing of the permissive society has well and truly taken hold of the apparently respectable Wicksteed family.

Bennett is a master of subverting and sending up Middle England, playing with stereotypes to great effect.

With a succession of outlandish characters - ranging from the rampant and hypocritical doctor, Arthur Wicksteed to his frustrated spinster-sister, Connie, and the Maggie Thatcher-like Lady Rumpers to the size-challenged Head of the BMA, Sir Percy Shorter - this rollicking farcical satire is as sardonic and English as a saucy Donald Magill seaside postcard re-touched by Magritte, or an end-of-the-pier romp re-organised by Orton.

Even the vicar, Canon Throbbing, the final frontier of Middle England’s outpost of properness, is well and truly mauled.

Performances of Habeas Corpus take place nightly from Monday, February 18, to Saturday, February 23.

Tickets cost £7.50 and £4.60, available from the box office on 01507 600350, open Monday to Saturday 10am-1pm.