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sarahmanncompany presents

The Lady In The Van

Wednesday 26th May
Thursday 27th May
Friday 28th May
Saturday 29th May


*Tickets also available via the Brighton Fringe box office*

If a performance has sold out on our system, there may still be tickets available via the Brighton Fringe. You can buy tickets through their website HERE

From the team that brought you 2020’s production of Abigail’s Party comes a funny and poignant tale about the generosity of the human spirit. Possibly. 

When Miss Shepherd drove her van into my garden in 1974 friends used to ask me if I was planning to write a play about her. I wasn’t, but 25 years later I did.” – Alan Bennett. 

She came for three months and stayed for fifteen years.

The Lady in the Van tells the mostly true story of Alan Bennett’s friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, a crabby and somewhat unsanitary homeless woman who moved her broken down van into Alan’s garden.  Deeply eccentric and stubborn to her bones, Miss Shepherd was not an easy tenant. And Bennett, despite inviting her in the first place, was a reluctant landlord. And yet she lived there for fifteen years 

“Some people might say I was a tramp.  It’s just want of perception”. 

Praise for Abigail’s Party:
“High class and supreme quality production” The Sussex Newspaper 
“A perfect way to spend a summer evening” The Argus 


Hobnobs for charity! A selection of Alan Bennett’s favourite biscuits, bakes and cakes will be available before the show (prepared and served in full PPE) in support of RISE, the Brighton charity for domestic abuse. Or buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a whole Victoria sponge!


Run time: 120 mins
Interval: Yes
Trigger warnings: None
Age recommendation: 10+

Facebook: @sarahmanncompany


Full Price £15

Concession £13.50

Family £45



Wed 26th May6pm7pm

Thu 27th May1pm2pm

Thu 27th May6pm7pm

Fri 28th May6pm7pm

Sat 29th May1pm2pm

Sat 29th May6pm7pm