Archives - The Lady in the Van

by Alan Bennett

Directed by John Davies

Thursday 17th – Saturday 26th November 2016 in the Auditorium

"Guaranteed to please absolutely everyone" Daily Telegraph

The Lady in the VanIn 1974 the playwright Alan Bennett took pity on the elderly, eccentric and evil-smelling Miss Shepherd, whose only home was a dilapidated van that the authorities were trying to move on from its illegal parking place in the road outside his London home. He offered her a temporary parking space in his front garden, a refuge she occupied for the next 15 years until her death. This is the dramatised but largely accurate account of the weird relationships that subsequently developed between them, her social worker and the neighbours. In the play, there are actually two Alan Bennetts: one who talks directly to Miss Shepherd and everyone else on stage, and another who comments on the events to the audience and has arguments with his other self about what really happened and what his motives were.

Richly comic, brutally honest and at times oddly moving, this West End hit eventually became an equally successful film, starring Dame Maggie Smith as the idiosyncratic Miss Shepherd.


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Not available Sundays and Mondays.

Part of the Barn’s 2016/2017 season

Presented by The Barn Theatre Club


Miss Shepherd-Victoria Rive
Alan Bennett-Simon Parr
Alan Bennett 2-Clive Weatherley
Mam-Mariam Rodway
Interview-Jan Westgarth
Rufus-Mark Sadler
Pauline-Sarah Doyle-Smith
Social Worker-Wendy Bage
Underwood-Keith Thompson
Mam's Doctor / Leo Fairchild-Dave Bailey
Miss S's Doctor / Lout / Ambulance man-Mark Fincham
Various walk-on-Bryan Rycroft

Creative team

Director-John Davies
Production Manager-Carol Bush
Set Design-Eric Farlie
Stage Manager-Nigel Rive
Lighting-Ed Read
Sound-Sabi Kiesel
Props-Barbara Foster
Ann Davies
Rehearsal Prompt-Tina Jolly
Wardrobe-Anne Mawer
Set dressing-Kris Moore
Peter Moore
Hair & make-up-Tammy Wall
Assistant Stage Manager-Tristan Cameron
Bryan Rycroft


Thursday 17th – Saturday 26th November 2016

Thursday 17th November8.00pmExtra performance
Friday 18th November8.00pm 
Saturday 19th November8.00pm 
Monday 21st November8.00pm 
Tuesday 22nd November8.00pm 
Wednesday 23rd November8.00pm 
Thursday 24th November8.00pm 
Friday 25th November8.00pm 
Saturday 26th November2.30pm 
Saturday 26th November8.00pm 

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