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The Lady In The Van

18th to 21st March 2020
South Holland Centre Spalding

We are unable to bring The Lady In The Van to SHC this week.  The hard work of director Rob, set-build-lead Arline and everyone involved, we hope to postpone until our usual week in October. If you have purchased tickets please contact SHC, but please be patient, their dedicated team are dealing with everyone as soon as they can.

The Lady In The Van by Alan Bennett

Rehearsals at The Patch

Tuesdays and Thursdays.


A bittersweet and poignant true story about Alan Bennett and Miss Shepherd, which tells the tale of an unlikely, frustrating and moving relationship.

Mr. Bennett, a man of deeply ingrained English reserve, becomes a custodian/tenant of a rather homeless curmudgeon, Miss Shepherd, and her van.


Their relationship is, at times, fraught with difficulties relating to the inequitable demands of Miss Shepherd, which is met with the never-ending, tolerance and dry sarcasm of Mr. Bennett.


As the play unfolds, we learn more about Miss Shepherd and how she came to live in her van, alone and vulnerable, and also how over a 'temporary', 15-year stay, their relationship becomes more intertwined and touching.

Directed by Rob Nicholls
Producer - Colleen Brennan       
Written by Alan Bennett 

Alan Bennett - Andrew Rudd
Alan Bennett 2 - Jed Laxton
Miss Shepherd - Abbie Johnson
Mam - Arline Evenden
Rufus - Paul Coleman
Pauline - Jules Jones

Social Worker - Emma  Dobbs
Underwood - Mandy Collier
Leo Fairchild - Nick Fletcher
Mams Doctor - Sam Hunt
Doctor - John Cooper
Interviewer - Mark Bennett
Ambulance Driver - Tony Fell
Lout - Deborah Bristow

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