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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Laughter through the tears

What did you love best about The Lady in the Van (Dramatised)?

I loved how Maggie Smith's voice can contain such poignancy and humor at the very same time.

What did you like best about this story?

I found myself admiring its humanity and its sensitive approach to the subject of aging.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There is a section in the last "act" of this play for voices that's flooring in its beauty and pacing, as Margaret, for the very first time, opens up and talks about her difficult relationship with music.

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- Chris Voigt

Book Details

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