The Lady in the Van

Adam Downs (Alan Bennett), Sally Anderson (Miss Shepherd), and Bob Sheire (Alan Bennett 2) in Unexpected Stage's production of THE LADY IN THE VAN. Photo by Kate Erin Gibson
Performance Dates

Unexpected Stage--the professional theater company that brought you Candy and Dorothy and The Dumb Waiter--returns to Randolph Road Theater this summer with The Lady in the Van.

The Lady in the Van is inspired by the unlikely, real-life relationship between acclaimed British playwright Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd, a homeless eccentric who parked her van in Mr. Bennett’s garden and lived there for 15 years.  Alan Bennett’s plays have become modern-day classics, including The Madness of King George, which he adapted into an Oscar-nominated screenplay, and The History Boys, which won six Tony Awards including Best Play, among many other accolades.

Production Information

Approximate Running Time
120 minutes


Miss Shepherd
Alan Bennett
Social Worker/Interviewer
Leo Fairchild/Miss Shepherd's Doctor
Alan Bennett 2
Pauline/Mam's Doctor

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
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