The Sherman Players, Sherman CT – Auditions for HABEAS CORPUS

By Alan Bennett

Directed by Dan Friedman

Produced by Jessica Durdock Moreno


Sunday January 28th 2024  – 3.00 – 5.00 pm

Monday January 29th 2024 – 6.00 – 8.30pm

At The Sherman Playhouse,  5 Route 39 N, Sherman CT, 06784

(located between the firehouse and Mallory Town Hall)

Appointments are not necessary.  Come to the Green Room at the rear of the Playhouse to sign in.

Sides for cold reading will be provided at the audition.

Performance Dates:

Friday, April 5th – Saturday, April 27th

Available Roles:

We are looking for 5 women and 6 men.
Ages specified are guidelines.

The Sherman Players do not discriminate – Actors of all races, ethnicities and gender identifications are encouraged to audition.

Arthur Wicksteed (50s)                    a lecherous General Practitioner

Muriel Wicksteed (40s-50s)            his assertive wife

Dennis Wicksteed (20s)                   their son, a wimpish hypochondriac frustrated by his lack of a girlfriend

Constance Wicksteed (40s-50s)    the doctor’s sister, a scrawny spinster

Mrs Swabb (any age)                           a cleaning lady

Canon Throbbing (any age)             a celibate anxious to abandon his vows

Lady Rumpers (40s and up)             a returning aristocratic expatriate who cares only for her daughter’s welfare

Felicity Rumpers (20s)                     her daughter who elicits lust from those who meet her

Mr Shanks (any age)                           a sales representative

Sir Percy Shorter (50s and up)      a leading light in the medical profession, once Muriel’s paramour and Wicksteed’s nemesis

Mr Purdue (any age)                           a sick man


The antics at the Wicksteed home are a satirical merry-go-round. Family, friends, and the sexual satisfaction of the “corpus” (body) are the ruling passions in this farcical comedy of ill-manners. Through a dance of mistaken identities and carnal encounters, one motto holds fast: “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

First performed in 1973 starring Alec Guinness, Alan Bennett’s hilarious play takes the traditional British farce of prior years to the extreme. – It’s all the trousers-down, door-slamming, mistaken identity, not-so-subtle innuendo you might expect, presented with a knowing nod and a wink from master satirist, Bennett.

For further information please contact the director, Dan Friedman at

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