Van is a tight fit for company

PUBLISHED: 11:40 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 12:57 06 May 2010

The Lady in the Van is at the Abbey Theatre

The Lady in the Van is at the Abbey Theatre

NOTHING but a real van would do for director Ian Rowe when he was planning the next production by the Company of Ten. So rising to the challenge, the St Albans-based drama group found a suitable van and, in a meticulously-planned and executed operation, t

NOTHING but a real van would do for director Ian Rowe when he was planning the next production by the Company of Ten.

So rising to the challenge, the St Albans-based drama group found a suitable van and, in a meticulously-planned and executed operation, the vehicle was persuaded round some tight right-angle bends and squeezed into the Abbey Theatre auditorium with only a millimetre or two to spare.

The Company of Ten is putting on Alan Bennett's play The Lady in the Van which tells the story of the elderly and malodorous eccentric, Mary Shepherd, who really did live in her ancient van outside Bennett's Camden home for 15 years.

She also lived for a time in St Albans and cast member Stuart Harding, who runs Harding's Trips, remembers that she joined one of his trips to the seaside. She might even have known that other well-known St Albans local van dweller Ginger Mills.

The Lady in the Van is a poignant comedy which runs from next Friday, February 22, until March 1. Tickets are available from the box office on 01727 857861 or online at www.abbeytheatre.org.uk

ää A gala charity performance of The Lady in the Van in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and The Bereavement Network in St Albans is being held next Thursday, February 21.

Tickets have to be sold in advance and further information can be obtained by calling 01727 862079 or 01727 831108.

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