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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 11:54

The Lady in the Van - stage reading

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Soup Troupe and The Really Small Theatre Company proudly present a stage reading ofThe Lady in the Van

The Lady in the Van

A play by Alan Bennett

Alan Bennett first chronicled his encounter with Miss Shepherd in an article, published in diary form in 1989, after her death. A prolific and successful writer and raconteur, with his Yorkshire roots, liberal views and single status, Bennett was beguiled into allowing this eccentric, educated lady of indeterminate age and background to park and live in her beaten-up old van, temporarily, first outside his house in Camden, and then in his garden. He bade her farewell 15 years later at her funeral. It seems that she had the last laugh!

We hope you enjoy this stage reading of the play Alan Bennett went on to write. Its most recent reincarnation was in 2015, as a film starring, of course, the redoubtable Dame Maggie Smith.

Mira Berglund-Fitzpatrick
Giuliano Didio
Austin Sears
Joan Nordlund
Demian Stimson
Hosanna Megumi

Directed by Joan Nordlund

21st September 2019, 19:00
22nd September 2019, 18:00

Finnish-British Society, Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki.


Tickets 8€

The production has now ended.


NB: This performance will be a STAGE READING. Whilst the actors will perform with props and movement, they will be reading from scripts.



This amateur production of “The Lady in the Van” is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD a Concord Theatricals Company. But don't forget: 'amateur' means 'lover' in French...

Thursday, 17 August 2017 04:25

2017 Production Update

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There has been an ominous silence from us over the summer. We thought that after the problems we faced last year, that things would be better this year. Unfortunately, we have again been struck by many factors that have hindered our production plans.

There have been several personal misfortunes affecting our administration team over the past months and they have slowed our ability to action plans. In addition, before the summer we encountered a huge setback to our production of Choices when our planned theatre unexpectedly withdraw availability. This necessitated the need for us to have to start the very difficult task of finding an affordable alternative. Coupled with the problems mentioned above, we were again forced into the regrettable position of postponing Choices until early next year.

Private Lives, by Noël CowardThe theatre situation for small theatre companies in central Helsinki is particularly grim. So much so that we are having to consider alternatives further afield in Helsinki and Espoo. Please be prepared for this in future.

Although our main production has been delayed, we are able to offer some smaller treats!

At 19:00 on Thursday, 24th August we will be performing a half hour of Chekhovian wit at the Finnbrit Open House. This is the same evening as Night of the Arts. Full details can be found here.

On the 21st October, it will be our wonderful pleasure to transport you back to 1930 by performing a stage reading of Noël Coward’s sophisticated comedy, Private Lives.

Elyot and Amanda, once married and now honeymooning with new spouses at the same hotel, meet by chance, reignite the old spark and impulsively elope. After days of being reunited, they again find their fiery romance alternating between passions of love and anger. Their aggrieved spouses appear and a roundelay of affiliations ensues as the women first stick together, then apart, and new partnerships are formed.

Tickets will go on sale at the beginning of September and we hope you can join us. The performance will be held at the Finnbrit premises with only a limited number of seats available, so book early!