Plays Directory : The Lady in the Van

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    Alan Bennett
  • Written
    1989
  • Overview
    Alan Bennett's autobiographical stage play. Miss Shepherd was the genteel vagrant who parked her Bedford van near Mr. Bennett's Camden house in 1971 and eventually browbeat him into pushing it into the mini-driveway leading to his front door. And there she steadfastly remained until her death in 1989, emerging, every so often, to make a complaint, share a loony observation or simply fill Mr. Bennett's tiny garden with "a right Suzie Wong" - stench and filth that he compared to ''the inside of someone's ear."

    But the play is as much about the author himself, as Miss Shepherd. What are Alan Bennett's motives in becoming landlord to such a lethally dotty tenant? Is he too feeble to reject her? Is he guiltily compensating for not spending enough time with his own mother (played here by Marcia Warren) Or is he, as his neighbours suggest, a modern-day saint? Was there (he suggests it himself) always part of him that wanted to exploit Miss Shepherd for literary profit? They play invites us both to ponder these questions, and asks what responsibility we ourselves have for the vagabonds who walk our streets and sometimes land up on our doorsteps.

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3 known roles


Connected mandy members:

Jess Saywell
Jess Saywell
Make-up Artist
2019, Make-up artist
Samuel Magnan
2018, Lout/ Extras
Eastminster United Church
Lia Burge
Lia Burge
Actor
2017, The Interviewer/The Doctor
Theatre Royal Bath
Matt Walesby
Matt Walesby
Assistant Stage Manager
2017, Assistant Stage Manager
Theatre Royal Bath
Emma Frith
Emma Frith
Deputy Stage Manager
2017, DSM
James Hallifax
2017, Alan Bennett's Love Interest & Stage Crew
Theatre Royal Bath
Cat Pewsey
Cat Pewsey
Company Stage Manager
2017, CSM
Theatre Royal Bath
Rachel Lisa Jones
Rachel Lisa Jones
Wig Supervisor
2017, Wig Supervisor
Mark Carey
Mark Carey
Production Manager
2017, Production Manager
Emily Leonard
Emily Leonard
Set Designer
2017, Design Assistant
Bath Theatre Royal
Leo Clasen
Leo Clasen
Actor
2016, Underwood
Reece Richardson
2015, Lout / Ambulance Driver / Undertakers Man / Workman
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Andy Wiggins
Andy Wiggins
Actor
2015, Alan Bennett 2
Green Room Theatre, Dorking
Rachel Rieley
Rachel Rieley
Assistant Stage Manager
2015, Assistant Stage Manager
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Richard Abbey
Richard Abbey
Technician, Chief
2015, Deputy Head of Lighting and Sound
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Ross Pringle
Ross Pringle
Technician
2015, Stage Technician
Pitlochry festival Theatre
Helen Coverdale
2015, Jane, The Social Worker
Middlesbrough
Wayne Dowdeswell
Wayne Dowdeswell
Lighting Designer
2015, Lighting Designer
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Alan J Mirren
2015, Underwood
Pitlochry Festival Theatre
Warren Saunders
2014, Lout/Ambulance Man
Brighton Little Theatre

Alternative Names

Lady in the Van