Now a major motion picture starring maggie smith alan bennetts famous and heartwarming story the lady in the van and more of bennetts classic short form work alan bennett has long been one of the worlds most revered humorists. The lady in the van is a true story by british author alan bennett essentially it is an account of his interactions over some twenty years with the elderly miss shepherd a homeless woman whose van was parked at first in his street opposite his house then later in his front garden. The lady in the van was greenlit on 3 june 2014 with tristar productions and bbc films working together to make the film adaptation of alan bennetts west end hit tristar won the film rights to handle worldwide distribution while the bbc was the first to show the film on television in the uk. The lady in the van by alan bennett 2 february 9 march 2019 arts centre melbourne playhouse in 1974 alan bennett befriended miss mary shepherd an eccentric cantankerous and rather smelly old lady she temporarily parked her dilapidated van outside bennetts london home and stayed for 15 years. In the lady in the van alan bennett describes his very odd long term relationship with miss shepherd miss s first came to the attention of bennett in the late 1960s miss s first came to the attention of bennett in the late 1960s
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