Habeas Corpus is a comedy stage play by English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author Alan Bennett  (born 1934) It was first performed at the Lyric Theatre in London on 10 May 1973, with Alec Guinness and Margaret Courtenay in the lead roles. Habeas corpus is also a legal term. It is Latin and translates as "you shall have the body".
Performance history in South Africa
Staged by Pieter Toerien and directed by Kim Grant (British director) at the Civic Theatre in 1974 starring the British actor Nigel Patrick.
Produced by S.O.E. in 1983, performed in the Baxter Studio, directed by Yvonne Copley. The cast: Brian de Kock, Kate Ludford, Ruth Allsopp, Bob Gislon, Sue Cunningham, Norman Sargeant, Val Jones, Hugh Philip, Janet Gilson, Nigel Sweet, Ken Wicksteed.
Geoffrey Hyland directed a University of Cape Town Drama Department production at the Little Theatre, opening on 13 December 1989.
Translations and adaptations
Barrow, Brian & Williams-Short, Yvonne (eds.). 1988. Theatre Alive! The Baxter Story 1977-1987
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