Lady in the Van
Adapted by the author from his autobiographical memoir, The Lady in the Van tells the story of Miss Mary Shepherd, whom Alan Bennett first came across when she was living in the street near his home in Camden Town. Taking refuge with her van in his garden originally for three months, she ended up staying fifteen years. Funny, touching and unexpectedly spectacular, The Lady in the Van marked the return to the stage of one of our leading playwrights.
The Lady in the Van with Maggie Smith opened at the Queen's Theatre, London, in December 1999.
Film tie in edition of Alan Bennett's classic memoir
Praise for Alan Bennett: 'Has you laughing as well as mopping your eyes. Utter genius Daily Mail Clear-eyed, touching, occasionally waspish ... ever honest The Times Alan Bennett continues to surprise and delight -- John Banville Daily Telegraph A perfect stocking filler for just about anyone -- Monica Ali Guardian
Alan Bennett is the author of Untold Stories and numerous works of fiction including The Uncommon Reader. His play The History Boys was the National Theatre's most successful production ever.