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The Lady In The Van A true story by Alan Bennett 


In 1974, the homeless Miss Shepherd moved her broken-down van into Alan Bennett’s garden. Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tennant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for 15 years.

(The account of those years was first published in 1989 in the London Review of Books. The play premiered in 1999, and is now a major film starring Dame Maggie Smith. Shot on location at what was then Bennett’s house, Alex Jennings plays the author alongside Frances de la Tour, Jim Broadbent and Dominic Cooper)