Production photos released for Alan Bennett’s The Lady In The Van

Productions photos are today released for Theatre Royal Bath’s new adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van, directed by Jonathan Church. Running until Saturday 2 September, it marks the fifth and final production completing Jonathan Church’s inaugural year as new Artistic Director of Theatre Royal Bath’s Summer Season.

Olivier Award-winner Sara Kestelman (Filthy Business, Copenhagen, Cabaret) stars as Bennett’s beloved character Miss Mary Shepherd. She is joined by Sam Alexander as Alan Bennett, William Gaunt as Underwood and James Northcote who will share the role of Alan Bennett. The full cast includes Emma Amos, Lia Burge, Paul Hickey, Gabrielle Lloyd, David Shaw Parker, Steve Simmonds and Cat Simmons.

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.

Production design by Robert Innes Hopkins, lighting by Tim Mitchell, music by Matthew Scott and sound by Mike Walker.

Olivier Award-winner Henry Goodman can currently be seen in Alan Franks’ Looking at Lucian, at the Ustinov Studio until 2 September, as part of the 2017 summer programme of five plays. The season opened in June with David Hare’s Racing Demon, followed by Sand in the Sandwiches starring BAFTA-winner Edward Fox, and the UK premiere of Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.

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Photos: Nobby Clark