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The Lady in the Van by Alan Bennett

15th - 19th Nov 2016

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Start Time: 7.30pm

Tickets: £13.50 Concessions: £11.00


When Alan Bennett allowed an elderly homeless lady to park her camper van on his driveway, he little imagined she’d stay there for 15 years. This bittersweet epitaph to the enigmatic and cantankerous Miss Shepherd is a wryly humorous account of the writer’s strained relationship with this prickly, eccentric, and obstreperous old woman.

Now a successful film, Bennett’s play was a huge hit when it premiered at the National Theatre in 1999. Our earlier production of this play in 2007 was its first (and thus far, only) staging in Newcastle, so we are proud once again to present this heart-warming exploration of human kindness, liberal guilt, and a writer’s eternal fascination with the quirkier side of life.

Audiences are advised that there is some bad language.

  • "a sheer delight" - Man About Toon
  • "Amazing ... A great show by a consistently great theatre company" - NE Lifestyle Magazine
  • "a treat" - NE Theatre Guide
  • "the People's Theatre have once again produced a great show ... I recommend it wholeheartedly." - Break A Leg
  • All tickets are non-refundable.
  • Please note the position of the stage on the seating plan when booking - Row A is the front, Row S is the rear
  • RUNNING TIME - approx. 2hrs & 20mins (including an interval)
  • PARKING - a reminder to audiences that parking is more limited than usual around the theatre due to the redevelopment work. Please leave yourself as much time as you are able to get parked and buy/collect your tickets (if applicable). The show starts at 7.30pm.  

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