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Habeus Corpus coming to the stage in Oldham

Lyceum Theatre Oldham is bringing the Alan Bennett Farce to their theatre this summer.

Lyceum Theatre Oldham, the town’s oldest amateur theatre company, will end its season of comedies with a rip-roaring farce.

Following the success of the first three plays in this post-covid season, this production will play one extra performance, opening on Friday, June 10.

The play is by Alan Bennett, best known for his Talking Heads series of monologues as well as for his TV and film scripts, including The History Boys and The Lady in the Van.

His hilarious comedy Habeas Corpus runs from June 10 to June 18 (excluding Sunday, June 12) and gives us characters to laugh at, sometimes to sympathise with, but mostly to thank our lucky stars we don’t know anyone like them!

The action centres around the thwarted libidos of the Wicksteed Family, headed up by GP, Arthur Wicksteed. 

Each character, from flat-chested spinster, Connie, to strident ex-pat Lady Rumpers, is so well observed, giving the talented and enthusiastic cast a chance to play to the crowd and to give audiences a proper belly laugh.

Tickets, at £12 each, are on sale now and are available online at lyceumtheatre.org.uk

Like many other amateur theatres, Lyceum Theatre Oldham is only able to carry on because of its dedicated army of volunteers.

Since the pandemic people sadly have been less likely to join in these types of activities affecting all theatre groups, so the theatre is now appealing for new volunteers to help keep the theatre up and running.

Anyone who would like to find out more about how they can get involved can email lyceumtheatreoldham@gmail.com

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