A Hull Truck Theatre production


Written by Alan Bennett
Directed by Sarah Esdaile


A Hull Truck Theatre production

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


Sarah Esdaile


Ben Stones

Set & Costume Designer

Chris Davey

Lighting Designer

Peter Rice

Sound Designer

Simon Slater


Kay Magson (CDG)

Casting Director

Fran Maskell

Head of Production

Amie Shilan

Production Manager (Tour)

Sarah Gentle

Resident Company Stage Manager

Nick Earle

Company Stage Manager

Anna Kerr

Deputy Stage Manager

Dan Read

Deputy Stage Manager (on the book)

Rosanna Simpson

Assistant Stage Manager

Siân Thomas

Wardrobe Supervisor

Harrogate Scenic Services

Set Build


Nichola McAuliffe

Miss Shepherd

Tina Gambe

Social Worker / Interviewer

Emma Gregory

Pauline / Mam’s doctor

James Holmes

Alan Bennett 2

Paul Kemp

Alan Bennett 1

Fiz Marcus

Mam / Priest

Benedict Sandiford


Martin Wimbush

Fairchild / Underwood

Janet Harrison