The Lady in the Van – audition

by Alan Bennett
directed by Fiona White

Audition date: Sunday 8th September 2019: Free Church Hall, Northway, London NW11 7BN 7.00pm – 9.00pm

If you want to audition but are not available on 8th September, please contact Fiona at for more information.

Performance Information:

Performances: Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd November at 7.30pm and Sunday 24th November at 4pm. Venue: Upstairs at The Gatehouse, Highgate N6

Rehearsal Information:

Rehearsals for this play will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Sunday evenings at the Free Church Hall. Rehearsals will start in late September, beginning with a read through and a workshop.

About the play:

The Lady in the Van tells the true story of playwright Alan Bennett‘s friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd. Though she is a crabby, eccentric and unsanitary homeless woman Bennett “allows” her to park her van in the driveway of his Camden home “for three months”. She stays there for 15 years…

This is a story of the human need to connect and belong. This is a story of life.

As you will see from the character list below, some cast will play multiple characters. Most cast will be asked to play non-speaking roles of undertakers/council workers/etc…

All are welcome to audition.


Miss Shepherd

Alan Bennett 1

Alan Bennett 2

Mam / Interviewer

Rufus / Ambulance Driver


Social Worker / Lout

Underwood / Leo Fairchild / Doctor

If you would like the audition pieces in advance of the 8th September, please contact Fiona at