The Lady in the Van

Synopsis: The Lady in the Van tells the true story of Alan Bennett's strained friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless woman whom Bennett befriended in the 1970s before allowing her temporarily to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his Camden home. She stayed there for 15 years. As the story develops Bennett learns that Miss Shepherd is really Margaret Fairchild (died 1989), a former gifted pupil of the pianist Alfred Cortot. She had played Chopin in a promenade concert, tried to become a nun, was committed to an institution by her brother, escaped, had an accident when her van was hit by a motorcyclist for which she believed herself to blame, and thereafter lived in fear of arrest.
Director(s): Nicholas Hytner
Production: Sony Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min

No. Because it was non-stop music.

Lucy is doing her O levels.

It's the noise levels I'm worried about.

Wave, darling.

Bye, darling.

Don't stay up too late.

Bye, darling.

Sorry about all this.

- Glyndebourne.

- Cosi.

Oh, lucky you. Have fun.

Oh. Look out. Madam's on the move.

So, whose turn will it be now?

- Slow down.

- I don't want to miss the curtain.

- Mrs Vaughan Williams?

- No. The Birts.



No. Who?

No! No!

- No, darling, that's us!

- Stop the cab!

Sorry! Sorry!


Sorry, you can't park here.

No, I've had guidance.

This is where it should go.

Guidance? Who from?

The Virgin Mary. I

spoke to her yesterday.

She was outside the post office in Parkway.

What does she know about parking?

Rufus, tell her we're

going to Glyndebourne!

I need a ruler.

I must measure the distance

between the tyres and the kerb.

See, one and a half

inches is the ideal gap.

I came across that

in a Catholic motoring magazine

under "Tips on Christian Parking".

This isn't Christian parking.

It's a fucking liberty.


You try to be nice,

and where does it get you?


Well, you didn't stay long outside 66.

Not with that din.

They're not musical, are they?


You know, 61.

No. They go to the opera.

Are you all right?

What with all this to-do,

I think I'm about to be taken short.

Can I use your lavatory?

No! The flush is on the blink.

I don't mind.

Where is it?

Where is it?

Thank you.

I've got a meeting at the BBC.

What about?

It's just something I'm writing.

I thought you were coming up.

In a week or two.

I'm on my own.

I know you're on your own.

We're all on our own.

Well, can I come down there for a bit?

Is it a big house?

Not really. You wouldn't like it.

It's too many stairs.

They have these chairlift things now.

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Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with the Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years. His collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley Moore, Jonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival brought him instant fame. He gave up academia, and turned to writing full-time, his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968. His work includes The Madness of George III and its film adaptation, the series of monologues Talking Heads, play and subsequent film of The History Boys, and popular audio books, including his readings of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh. more…

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