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The Lady in the Van

The Barn Theatre, Southwick Community Centre.

December 6, 7, 8 & 9, 2006.

The Lady in the Van

by Alan Bennett

“Hilarious & touching”
– Shoreham Herald –


Directed by
Tony & Katie Brownings


Patricia Lyne – Miss Shepherd

David Peaty – Alan Bennett 1

Bob Ryder – Alan Bennett 2

Sheelagh Baker – Alan’s Mam

John Garland – Rufus

Diane Robinson – Pauline

Maggi Pierce – Interviewer

Judith Berrill – Social Worker

Derek Fraser – Underwood

Maggi Pierce – Doctor

Sheelagh Baker – Nun

Andy Hutchison – Doctor

Richard Bulling – Ambulance Driver

Ralph Dawes – Leo Fairchild

Andy Hutchison – Lout

Richard Bulling – Lout


Production Crew

Stage Management – David Comber

Stage Management – Tony Holmes

Stage Management – Philip Oliver

Technical Stage Management – Helen Brewster

ASM – Olive Smith

Sound Technician – Simon Snelling

Lighting Design – Mike Medway

Lighting Technicians – Tanya Courtnadge

Lighting Technicians – Lee Wenham

Properties – Margaret Davy

Properties – Sue Whittaker

Wardrobe – Cherry Briggs

Wardrobe – Maggi Pierce

Workshop Team – David Comber

Workshop Team – Tony Holmes

Workshop Team – Dave Collis

Workshop Team – Robert Mitchell

Workshop Team – Philip Oliver

Workshop Team – Tracey Holmes

Workshop Team – Mark Flower

Painters – Sheila Neesham

Painters – Sue Chaplin

Painters – Judith Berrill

Publicity & Design – Rosemary Bouchy

Publicity & Design – Rosemary Brown

Publicity & Design – Anna Barden

Front of House – Betty Dawes

Box Office – Mark Flower


Programme Note #1: The Lady in the Van

“Alan Bennett first wrote about his true life experiences of Miss Shepherd in 1989, in the form of an extended diary.. He then scripted this version for the stage, which premiered in 1999 to great acclaim with Maggie Smith in the title rôle. In the play, Bennett presents his own part in the story through two characters – one who deals with the everyday frustrations of life with Miss Shepherd over more than 15 years; the other who looks on in a more detached and amused way, with an eye to writing up the story. The play has been very popular on the professional stage and we are pleased that this is one of the first productions to take place in a community theatre.”