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ALAN BENNETT - THE LADY IN THE VAN (BBC RADIO FOUR - FULL CAST DRAMATISATION)
Alan Bennett... Alan Bennett 1
Dame Maggie Smith... Miss Shepherd
Adrian Scarborough ... Alan Bennett 2
Marcia Warren... Mam
Matt Addis... Rufus
Janice Acquah... Pauline
Caroline Guthrie... Social Worker
Stephen Critchlow... Underwood
Jonathan Tafler and Malcolm Tierney... Doctors
Originally broadcast on Saturday 21st February 2009 this dramatisation of Alan Bennett's much loved story "The Lady In The Van" It is based on the stage play by Alan Bennett regarding his relationship with Miss Shepherd, an eccentric old vagrant who took refuge in a van in his front garden in 1971 and ended up staying there for over 15 years.
This adaptation reunites him with the original star of the West End play Dame Maggie Smith starring as the old curmudgeon Miss Shepherd. Dame Maggie captures her every infuriating nuance, you could almost smell her, not an easy thing for radio to manage but, between Bennett’s brilliant description, Adrian Scarborough’s clever alter-Bennett, Smith’s great performance, and Gordon House’s sensitive direction, it does.
It's wonderfully typical Alan Bennett, his characteristic brew of mild and bitter, and, like the best comedic tales, about something that really happened to him.
This is not the version available on the "Four Stories" collection currently on here which is a direct narration by Bennett of the original short story. This is a fully dramatised play.
This is wonderful sound quality - ripped from the original broadcast.
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