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SARA KESTELMAN stars in

The Lady in the Van

by Alan Bennett, directed by Jonathan Church

17 August - 2 September 2017

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

Overview

★★★★ "A worthy revival ... ... Jonathan Church's production does the now-familiar story proud ... funny, touching, true" Daily Telegraph

★★★★ "There are few performers like Sara Kestelman bringing her own heavyweight quality to the role of Miss Shepherd ... Fine supporting performances" Whatsonstage.com

Sara Kestelman is one of the greatest actors of her generation, currently working at the absolute pinnacle of her extraordinary talent. Her recent performance in Filthy Business at Hampstead Theatre has received superlative reviews: "one of the performances of the year" (Daily Telegraph), "as slyly funny as any actress alive...she left me feeling weak with laughter... Kestelman will be competing for this year's Best Actress gongs 
(Independent). 

In her distinguished career she won the Olivier Award as Fraulein Schneider in Sam Mendes's production of Cabaret and has played a plethora of leading roles with the National Theatre and RSC.

The Lady in the Van is classic Alan Bennett, touching, uplifting and wonderfully funny.  

In 1974, Miss Mary Shepherd, a homeless woman, temporarily moved her clapped out Bedford van into Alan Bennett's front garden at Gloucester Crescent, Camden. She remained parked there for the next fifteen years.

The genuinely eccentric gatecrasher claims at various times to be a trained concert pianist, an ex-nun and on the run. She founds her own political party and the Virgin Mary appears to her regularly. Described by her reluctant landlord as “a bigoted, cantankerous, devious, unforgiving, self-centred, rank, rude, car-mad cow”, she was to become one of Bennett's best-loved characters.

Alan Bennett’s multi award-winning works include Single Spies, Talking Heads, The Madness of George III, The History Boys and Enjoy.

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    Very funny, very poignant, revealing and splendidly entertaining - Mail on Sunday

    Bennett is the most entertaining of writers, and as always the piece is packed with jokes - Daily Telegraph

    Enough soaring lines to furnish half a dozen dramas - Observer

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  • Cast

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    Mary Shepherd - Sara Kestelman

    Sam Alexander, William Gaunt, James Northcote

    Emma Amos, Lia Burge, Paul Hickey, Gabrielle Lloyd, David Shaw Parker, Steve Simmonds, Cat Simmons.


    Director - Jonathan Church

    Designer - Robert Innes Hopkins

    Lighting - Tim Mitchell

    Composer - Matthew Scott

    Sound - Mike Walker

    Casting Director - Gabrielle Dawes CDG

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  • Info

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    Times
    Monday – Saturday 7.30pm
    Matinees Thursday & Saturday 2.30pm

    Running Time: 2h 20m, including interval

    • Post Show Discussion: Thursday 31st August

    Prices

    Previews & National Press Performance £15.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00 £25.00
    Mon – Fri eves and Sat mats: £21.00 £26.50 £28.50 £31.50 £33.50
    Sat eves: £23.50 £27.50 £29.50 £32.50 £35.50
    Thurs mats: £19.50 £25.00 £27.00 £31.00 £32.00

    Please note: from Monday 24th April 2017, all prices in the Main House and Ustinov Studio incur a booking fee of £1.25 per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked. Please note all prices in the egg theatre incur a booking fee of 50p per ticket in addition to the advertised prices, regardless of payment method or amount of tickets booked.

    Please note the ticket price includes a £2 Building Levy.

    Plus £1 postage 

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