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‘Guaranteed to please absolutely everyone.’
Daily Telegraph


In 1974 Alan Bennett befriended Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric, cantankerous and rather smelly old lady. She ‘temporarily’ parked her dilapidated van outside Bennett’s London home – and stayed for 15 years.

The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest. Was she a fugitive on the run? A talented pianist? A nun? Or just an old lady struggling with mental health and homelessness?

Touching, uplifting and heartbreakingly funny, The Lady in the Van is classic Alan Bennett. Share the fondness and frustrations of the legendary writer as he navigates life with a very peculiar tenant in this moving, bittersweet comedy.

Best-known for the celebrated 2015 film starring Maggie Smith, this incredible new stage production stars international icon Miriam Margolyes (I’ll Eat You Last) as Miss Shepherd and Daniel Frederiksen (Abigail’s Party) as Alan Bennett, directed by Dean Bryant (An Ideal Husband).

‘One of the saddest, funniest and most
distinguished offerings for years.’

Sunday Times




Miriam Margolyes discusses the upcoming production The Lady in the Van.


Cast & Crew

Fiona Choi

Fiona Choi

Pauline

Daniel Frederiksen

Daniel Frederiksen

Alan Bennett 1

Claire Healy

Claire Healy

Social Worker / Pianist

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Miss Mary Shepherd

James Millar

James Millar

Alan Bennett 2

Jillian Murray

Jillian Murray

Mam / Interviewer

Richard Piper

Richard Piper

Underwood / Leo Fairchild / Doctor

Dalip Sondhi

Dalip Sondhi

Rufus

Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant

Director

Alicia Clements

Alicia Clements

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

Mathew Frank

Mathew Frank

Composer & Sound Designer

Leith McPherson

Leith McPherson

Voice & Dialect Coach

Venues

Attendance Information

  • This production contains coarse language. For detailed information about the production’s content click here.

    Further details regarding this production’s content will be available closer to the season. Please call our box office on (03) 8688 0800 for more information.

  • Hearing Assistance Wheelchair accessible Audio Description Tactile Tour Open Captioning Auslan interpreted

    The Lady in the Van will be Audio Described on Saturday 16 February, 2pm and Tuesday 19 February, 6.30pm, with a tactile tour at 1pm prior to the Saturday performance.

    Captions are available via a screen for the 2pm performance on Saturday 23 February.

    Auslan Stage Left will offer an Auslan interpreted performance on Saturday 2 March at 2pm.

    You can learn more about access services at MTC here.