They are renowned for their staging of plays by Alan Ayckbourn.

After all, that’s where Huddersfield theatre company Dick and Lottie gets its name from.

Dick and Lottie are two characters created by Ayckbourn who are referred to in a trio of his plays, but who never appear on stage.

Hardly surprising that since the company’s founder members, teacher John Cotgrave and nurse Richard McArtney,  are such big fans of Ayckbourn’s work that their company has devoted most of its efforts to staging his plays.

But for its next show at the Lawrence Batley Theatre, the company has opted for a change.

But, they’ve not deserted their comedy roots and have gone for a play by another master of the genre, Alan Bennett.

His play Habeas Corpus is staged by the company at the LBT in Huddersfield from Wednesday, September 25 to Saturday, September 28.

The show is in the Cellar Theatre space and evening performances are at 7.45pm with a Saturday matinee at 2pm.

Habeas Corpus, written 40 years ago, brims with mistaken identity and lives up to the motto, “He whose lust lasts, lasts longest.”

A farcical comedy of ill-manners then from a company with many Huddersfield fans.

Dick and Lottie is already planning next year’s events when the company will celebrate a decade of creating shows.

Those 10th anniversary celebrations will feature a host of Alan Ayckbourn plays and a readathon of some of his work.

First though, Habeas Corpus. Tickets from the box office on  01484 430528  or book online at