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The Lady in The Van - Arts Theatre Melbourne, Playhouse 2nd February - 6th March 2019 17th October 2018

‘Guaranteed to please absolutely everyone.’ Daily Telegraph In 1974 Alan Bennett befriended Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric, cantankerous and rather smelly old lady. She ‘temporarily’ parked her dilapidated van outside Bennett’s London home – and stayed for 15 years. The Lady in the Van is a mostly true story of the fascinating relationship between the award-winning British writer and his long-term guest. Was she a fugitive on the run? A talented pianist? A nun? Or just an old lady struggling with mental health and homelessness? Touching, uplifting and heartbreakingly funny, The Lady in the Van is classic Alan Bennett. Share the fondness and frustrations of the legendary writer as he navigates life with a very peculiar tenant in this moving, bittersweet comedy. Best-known for the celebrated 2015 film starring Maggie Smith, this incredible new stage production stars international icon Miriam Margolyes (I’ll Eat You Last) as Miss Shepherd and Daniel Frederiksen (Abigail’s Party) as Alan Bennett, directed by Dean Bryant (An Ideal Husband). ‘One of the saddest, funniest and most distinguished offerings for years.’ Sunday Times

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Call The Midwife - Christmas Special 2018 17th October 2018

MIRIAM MARGOLYES GUEST STARS IN CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Acclaimed actress Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets & Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Miriam’s Big American Adventure) stars in the Christmas special and episode one as Sister Mildred, a forthright and indefatigable sister from the Order. She arrives unexpectedly at Nonnatus House, her hands full with four Chinese orphans. Having fled China, the child refugees were found abandoned in Hong Kong and are being adopted in the UK as part of the World Refugee Project. With Christmas preparations in full flow and the midwives busy caring for the expectant mothers of Poplar, these unexpected visitors cause joy and chaos in equal measure.

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