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The Lady in the Van

08 Nov 2018 - 17 Nov 2018

The Lady in the Van. Photographer: Craig Julich-Serventy

Thursday 8 November 2018, 8.00pm - Thursday 8 November 2018, 10.20pm

Friday 9 November 2018, 8.00pm - Friday 9 November 2018, 10.20pm

Saturday 10 November 2018, 8.00pm - Saturday 10 November 2018, 10.20pm

Sunday 11 November 2018, 2.00pm - Sunday 11 November 2018, 4.20pm

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 8.00pm - Tuesday 13 November 2018, 10.20pm

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 8.00pm - Wednesday 14 November 2018, 10.20pm

Thursday 15 November 2018, 8.00pm - Thursday 15 November 2018, 10.20pm

Friday 16 November 2018, 8.00pm - Friday 16 November 2018, 10.20pm

Saturday 17 November 2018, 2.00pm - Saturday 17 November 2018, 4.20pm

Saturday 17 November 2018, 8.00pm - Saturday 17 November 2018, 10.20pm

Matinees Sunday 11 November and Saturday 17 November at 2pm

No evening performance Sunday 11 November

No performance Monday 12 November


Stables Theatre, 138 Main Highway, Ellerslie, Auckland

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  • Evening Tickets $25
  • Matinee Tickets $20

Concessions (Student, Senior Citizen, Community Card Holder, Member, Groups 10+, Children aged 14 and under):

  • Evening $23
  • Matinee $18

Booking fees apply


0508 484 253


Rona Colbert

09 525 3336


“One seldom was able to do her a good turn without some thoughts of strangulation.”

The Lady in the Van, adapted by Alan Bennett from his memoir, tells the true story of his unlikely friendship with Miss Shepherd, a homeless elderly woman, who temporarily moved her live-in battered van onto his driveway in 1973 and stayed for the next 15 years.

Miss Shepherd was a promising concert pianist between the wars, drove an ambulance during World War II, then was twice rejected from becoming a nun and developed mental health issues. Well-educated, cantankerously articulate and deeply religious, she had lived in a succession of vans around Camden.

Alan Bennett is the writer of The History Boys, Talking Heads and The Madness of George III and his latest play, Habit of Art, was a recent hit at the National Theatre.

The Lady in the Van is based on his own recollections of the indomitable Miss Shepherd and is, as you would expect from Bennett, a beautifully observed, sharply intelligent and wonderfully witty drama.

Written by Alan Bennett

Directed by David Blakey

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This amateur production of The Lady in the Van is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD.