The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)

  • by Alan Bennett
  • Narrated by Maggie Smith, Adrian Scarborough
  • 1 hrs and 32 mins
  • Radio/TV Program

Publisher's Summary

A new Radio 4 adaptation of one of Alan Bennett's most well-loved works. In the 1970s, an eccentric old lady called Miss Shepherd lives in an old caravan opposite Bennett's house in Camden. That is until new parking regulations come into force - and he suggests moving the van onto his driveway...


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This is a gem. The language is brilliant with the true British understated comedy. Maggie Smith is excellent but Adrian Scarborough steals the show with his superb caricature
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Performance Par excellence

This an amazing story about the most common people that one may meet in life but dealt deftly with expertise. Unusual nuances unexpected turns at every poignant corner of the unfolding events
Feelings and softness handled with not so much as a whit of mushiness
Yet plenty of wit and humor interspersed occasionally with the right sarcasm make-for riveting reading
The performance is undoubtedly one of the most outstanding I have ever come across. So vastly visual considering it is only the engaging of voices modulated beautifully and so aptly
One gets to watch with one's mind's eye the acts unfold and not merely listen to the audio
It is no wonder Dame Maggie Smith and Mr Alan Bennett and Mr Adrian Scarborough have reached the heights they are at .
Kudos and many thanks to for bringing this to the
enthusiastic listener.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-26-2009
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited