Peterborough Arts Cinema: The Lady In The Van
When Alan Bennett offered the temporary use of his drive to a homeless woman in the 1970s, she parked her battered van outside his front door and stayed for 15 years. Already the subject of a memoir and a play, Miss Mary (or perhaps Margaret?) Shepherd now comes to our screens courtesy of Maggie Smith, who starred in the award-winning 1999 stage production. Smith is magnificent as the fearsomely opinionated interloper who left Camden residents torn between liberal middle-class guilt and baser territorial horror. “One seldom was able to do her a good turn without some thoughts of strangulation,” says Bennett.
Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent