AMPAG, Melbourne Theatre Company Melbourne Theatre Company:The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

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February 2019

Thu 07 

Melbourne Theatre Company

Melbourne Theatre Company



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.

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?

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

Visit MTC's website for booking details and more information.