A Hull Truck Theatre production in association with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

TheLadyintheVan

Written by Alan Bennett
Directed by Sarah Esdaile

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A Hull Truck Theatre production in association with Richard Jordan Productions Ltd

The Lady in the Van

Written by Alan Bennett
Directed by Sarah Esdaile

Alan Bennett has a very unusual neighbour.  Parked at the bottom of his garden is a van. With a lady in it.

Miss Shepherd is a curious and enigmatic lady. Alan knows very little about her. She used to drive ambulances in the war, might have been a nun, sells pencils and pamphlets and has an unexplained aversion to piano music. 

But somehow she lives in the playwright’s garden and has done for years.

Alan Bennett is the writer of The History Boys, Talking Heads and The Madness of King George; his latest play, Habit of Art, was a recent hit at the National Theatre.  Lady in the Van isbased on his own recollections of the indomitable Miss Shepherd and is, as you would expect from Bennett, a beautifully observed, sharply intelligent and wonderfully witty drama.

Creative team

Alan Bennett

Writer

Sarah Esdaile

Director

Ben Stones

Set & Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Peter Rice

Sound Designer

Simon Slater

Composer

Elisa Amesbury

Assistant Director

Kay Magson (CDG)

Casting Director

Felix Davies

Production Manager

Sian Thomas

Wardrobe Supervisor

Sarah Follon

Company Stage Manager

Claire Essex

Deputy Stage Manager

John Fernandes

Technical Assistant Stage Manager

Laura O’Connor

Wardrobe Manager

Matt Thompson & Tim Bray

Production Re-lights

Mark Richards

Production Carpenter

Harrogate Scenic Services

Set Build

Cast

Nichola McAuliffe

Miss Shepherd

Sean McKenzie

Alan Bennett 1

Paul Kemp

Alan Bennett 2

Sophie Robinson

Social Worker / Interviewer

Karen Traynor

Pauline / Mam’s Doctor

Fenella Norman

Mam / Priest

Dale Rapley

Rufus / Lout / Miss Shepherd’s Doctor

Ged McKenna

Underwood / Fairchild / Ambulanceman

Sharron Byrne

Understudy Miss Shepherd