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104 minutes (1 hours 44 minutes)
UK release date 13th November 2015
US release date 26th February 2016
The Lady In The Van

Directed by


Miss Shepherd
Clare Hammond
Young Margaret Fairchild
George Fenton
BBC Concert Orchestra
The British Symphony Orchestra
Alex Jennings
Alan Bennett
Jamie Parker
Estate Agent
Deborah Findlay
Roger Allam
Richard Griffiths
Sam Perry
Pandora Colin
Fiona Perry
Nicholas Burns
Giles Perry
Giles Cooper
Passer by
Tom Klenerman
Tom Perry
Gwen Taylor
Frances de la Tour
Mrs Vaughan Williams
Claire Foy
Lois, Social Worker
Market Trader
George Taylor
David Calder
Leo Fairchild
Eleanor Matsuura
Selina Cadell
Lady Wiggin
Charlie Hancock
Men Shaking Van
Dan Raza
Men Shaking Van
Dermot Crowley
Clive Merrison
Man in Confessional
Samuel Barnett
Out of Work Actor
Young Man with Earring
Samuel Anderson
Jehovah's Witnesses
Michelle Reid
Jehovah's Witnesses
Another Young Man
Rosalind Knight
Old Nun
Elliot Levey
Theatre Director
Sarah Lieberson
Stage Manager
Cecilia Noble
Miss Briscoe, Social Worker
Hannah Watson
Broadstairs Pianist
Linda Broughton
Edith Fairchild
Doctor at Old Peoples Home
Marion Bailey
Housekeeper at Convent
Sacha Dhawan
Doctor at Gloucester Crescent
Andrew Knott
Ambulance Man
Lorna Brown
Day Care Centre Worker
June Watson
Woman in Day Centre
Sam McArdle
Tony Van Silva
Geoffrey Streatfeild
Alan's Partner
Alan Bennett
Alan Bennett (2014)
Richard Banks
Jessica Bastick-Vines
Pauline and Rufus' Daughter
Bern Collaco
Concert Attendee
Tom Coulston
Smiling Pallbearer
Edward Heath
Janette Sharpe
Tina Simmons
Nosy Neighbour
Margaret Thatcher

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The Lady In The Van

UK Age Rating
UK BBFC Certificate: 12A
UK Box Office Release Breakdown
UK release date:

Highest chart position: 2

Weeks on box office: 8

UK Box Office Chart History
Other Box Office History
1 January 2016
15 January 2016
22 January 2016
29 January 2016
5 February 2016
12 February 2016
19 February 2016
26 February 2016
4 March 2016
11 March 2016
18 March 2016
25 March 2016
1 April 2016
8 April 2016
15 April 2016
22 April 2016
6 May 2016
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San Francisco artist sues Pixar in a bizarre lawsuit over the unicorn van in 'Onward'  SFGateFri, 14th February 2020

Alan Bennett’s Diary: The Lady in the Van  The GuardianSat, 14th November 2015

16th November 2016

This week saw Arrival make its debut at the top of the UK box office among great reviews and last weeks top film fell to number 2.

Starring Amy Adam and directed by acclaimed director Denis Villeneuve Arrival makes its UK debut at the top of the UK box office charts with just shy of £3 million pound.

This is a better opening that in many other countries like America where is could only manage a top 3 entry, although Doctor Strange is still only 10 days old over there.

Talking of Doctor Strange, in the UK it falls from the top to number 2, after 2 weeks at number 1 and a 3rd weekend of £2.3 million the films total gross is not £19.5 million.

For a second weekend the longest running film and highest total grossing film of the week is Bridget Jones's Baby, 9 weeks on the film has grossed £47.5 million, and its the second highest grossing film of the year.

Historical charts

A year ago
Spectre spent its third week at the top of the box office while top new film was The Lady In The Van at number 2.

Five years ago
Henry Cavill starred in Immortals which made its debut at the top while The Adventures of Tintin The Secret of The Unicorn fell to number 3.

Ten years ago
Borat: Cultural Learnings of America For Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was still at the top of the UK box office with the top new film coming in at 2 in the shape of The Prestige.

Fifteen years ago
The Others stayed at the top for a second weekend while top new film was Kiss of The Dragon at number 4.

Twenty years ago
Liam Neeson starred in Michael Collins which debuted at the top knocking Dragonheart down to number 3 after 3 weeks at the top.

Twenty five years ago
The Fisher King was the top new film of the week, it knocked Dead Again down to number 2 after a couple of weeks at the top.

22nd March 2016

This week in the world of home video The Lady In The Van manages to stay on top for a second week, but it not all what it seems.

The bestselling video of the week is actually Game of Thrones Season 5, but the best selling video of the week if The Lady In The Van again as this is a film website.

Highest new film of the week, given these circumstances, is Dragon Blade, a film from earlier in the year starring John Cusack and directed by Daniel Lee.

The film spent a single week in cinemas and made just over £700.