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ALAN Bennett’s celebrated The Lady in the Van comes to Bradford’s Alhambra Theatre next month to end a ten-date run.

Nichola McAuliffe, probably best known as Sheila Sabatini in seven series of ITV’s comedy Surgical Spirit leads the cast in the title role.

She is joined on stage by James Holmes (Miranda), Emma Gregory (The Bill), Fiz Marcus (Holby City), Tina Gambe (Coronation Street) Paul Kemp (The Bill), Martin Wimbush (Bridget Jones’ Diary) and Benedict Sandiford (Midsomer Murders).

The Lady in the Van was written by Bennett about Miss Shepherd, a belligerent homeless woman who parked up her van in the garden of his London home and refused to leave for 15 years.

The play started as a short story, and went on to become a radio play as well as a stage play.

The Lady in the Van is at the Alhambra from July 11 to 16. Tickets cost £10.50-£24, available from or the box office on 01274 432000.