Lady in the Van

Lady in the Van
Opens 13 November in the UK

Monday, November 23, 2015

Evening Standard

Last night Alex attended the Evening Standard Awards at the Old Vic. The pictures, by Richard Young, are at Rex Features.

Lots of other Alex pictures there too!

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Michael Frayn

Alex will appear in a new radio drama series, "Michael Frayn's Matchbox Theatre". The series starts next week, Friday 27 November, at 11.30 on BBC Radio 4.

For more information see BBC Radio 4.

Thanks to Uli!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Express Interview

"The 58-year-old actor, best known for his stage work and playing Prince Charles in The Queen, unassumingly acts his socks off in much the same way as he has throughout his garlanded but under the radar career; by dissolving effortlessly into his character."

The Express has a longer interview with Alex at Express.

And There's More

A podcast from the Barbican:

Barbican Nic and Alex.

You can also find this podcast on iTunes to download.

Then there is the Huffington Post.

And then BBC Leeds' Andrew Edwards, at 1:23.

And more video at the Belfast Telegraph.

All thanks to Kate!

HMV Interview

A lovely double interview with Nicholas Hytner and Alex on that film...

Thanks Kate!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Gaby Roslin

Now! That is Sunday afternoon, 15 November, 3 PM!

Thanks Kate!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Van Promotion

Lots of promotion going on now.

A short interview at Rama's Screen.

Then there is this one, with a rather nice picture, though I'm not sure where the interview is: .

Thanks again to Kate for those two!

And, of course, the interview on "The One Show" last Monday. If you're in the UK it's available on the iPlayer. For non UK, check YouTube.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Alan Bennett

The Guardian has a lovely interview with Alan Bennett on the release of "The Lady in the Van". In it he says about Alex: “My feeling is that probably he’d been doing imitations of me for years and when he did Cocktail Sticks he was simply going public”.

Read the full interview at The Guardian.

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Wrap

A couple of very nice portraits of Alex on the website of The Wrap:


Alex with Nic Hytner.

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, November 06, 2015

Campden Music Festival 2016

Alex will be at the Campden Music Festival on 8 May next year, with Lucy Parham and Harriet Walter, performing "Nocturne - The Romantic Life of Frédéric Chopin". Information and tickets at Campden Music Festival.

And if you want to get a taste, check this again: .

Thanks again to Kate!


Alex has just done a photoshoot for the Fishlove, a campaign to help protect Marine environments and inhabitants. The picture was taken by Jillian Edelstein and she posted this picture on Instagram.

The picture I posted on Wednesday was from the same shoot!

More about the campaign and other pictures at Fishlove. This gives an idea of the kind of pictures used in the campaign....

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Van Clips

More and more clips are becoming available. This one may also interest Roger Allam fans...

Then there is:

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

Van Tweets

Monday, November 02, 2015

Guardian Interview

Alex talks to the Guardian about his role in "The Lady in the Van" and his career. An interesting interview by Stephen Moss at The Guardian. Apparently he wants to do Desert Island Discs and Strictly Come Dancing....

The picture is by Sarah Lee.

Thanks to Kate and Lori!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Lady Premiere

Kate attended the opening night of "The Lady in the Van" and wrote a report on her Alan Bennett blog. On the same blog she has also collected lots of pictures and videos!

Read the report at On the Outskirts of Nowhere in Particular.

Shakespeare and the Law

Alex is named as one of the readers for "Shakespeare and the Law", at the Middle Temple Hall in London on 16 November. Other readers are Juliet Stevenson, Sheila Hancock and Samuel West.

Booking and more information at Golden Giving.

Thanks to Kate!

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Crown

Alex plays the Duke of Windsor in a new Netflix drama series currently being filmed in London. Matt Smith and John Lithgow are two of his co-stars.

Full story at Daily Mail.

Thanks to Kate and Alex!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

BFI Pictures

There is a lovely set of pictures of the premiere on the "Lady in the Van" Facebook page:

Burberry It Was

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Press Conference

The press conference in full can be seen on .

Graham Norton

The line up for Alex's appearance on the Graham Norton Show appears to be different to the one mentioned before. It'll be Maggie Smith, Justin Bieber, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller and Cindy Crawford. The show will be broadcast on 30 October.

Read the story at Whatsonstage.

Lady Press Conference

Alex at the press conference for the London Film Festival premiere of "The Lady in the Van".

Thanks to Kate!

Monday, October 12, 2015

Lady in the Van London Premiere

The Lady will have her first showing in London tomorrow night at the Odeon Leicester Square as part of the London Film Festival. The showing is officially supported by the Lord Mayor of London.

More information at BFI London Film Festival.

Alex recorded the Graham Norton show as part of the event, with Maggie Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Depp. Date of broadcast to be announced.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Words and Music - The Ear's Delight

Last week Alex was one of the readers on BBC Radio 3's Words and Music with Tamsin Greig. The episode is available for another three weeks on BBC Radio 3.

Thanks to Jen!

Sunday, August 16, 2015


The radio series of Ashenden can be heard again on BBC Radio 4 Extra this week. Starts on 17 August. Times and more information at the BBC website.

Thanks to Jen!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Churchill's Secret

Alex is to play Anthony Eden in ITV's feature length film "Churchill's Secret". Filming starts this month and the film will air next year. Michael Gambon takes the part of Churchill.

For more details see the ITV Press Centre.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

About the Lady and the Van

The Telegraph has posted a short behind the scenes film on their website, The Telegraph - Behind the Scenes. Some nice fragments with Alex and a few words about him from Alan Bennett.

Thanks to Kate!

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Wonka Farewell

A picture posted on Twitter of Alex and Jonathan Slinger as Alex finishes his year as Willy Wonka.

Thanks to Uli and Kate!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Otherwise Occupied

Looks like Alex has been keeping busy...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Dressing Room Secrets

Alex is one of the actors shown transforming into character in the Daily Mail's "Dressing Room Secrets".

Thanks to Kate!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Charlie Finale

As Alex starts his final week as Willy Wonka the Official London Theatre website has an interview with him on playing Wonka and a few other matters.

The interview is at Official London Theatre.

Thanks to Uli!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Lady Trailer

The trailer for "The Lady in the Van" is now available!

With background information at The Telegraph.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Olivier Campaign

The campaign to win the Olivier means more new pictures:

With Zoe Wanamaker

If you haven't seen Alex play Willy Wonka yet but still want to, 2 May will be his last performance!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Exploring the Nile

From tomorrow Alex reads Tim Jeals "Explorers of the Nile" on BBC Radio 4 Extra. There are five episodes all to be broadcast this week. For more information see: BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks to Uli!


Charlie is one of the shows up for the audience award at the Oliviers. If you're in the UK you can vote at Olivier Awards official website.

Alex is in a short promotional video for this which you can find on Facebook and Twitter.

Sunday, February 01, 2015

Backstage at Charlie

Tristram Kenton has created a photo series backstage at "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" for the Guardian. Some nice pictures of Alex in there!

Full gallery at The Guardian.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

So, Tea Anyone? - Cancelled!

You can attend an in conversation with Alex on 26 February at the Rosewood London. The event includes afternoon tea!

For details and booking see Rosewood London.

This event has unfortunately been cancelled!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Cake, Anyone?

Friday, January 02, 2015

Thursday, January 01, 2015

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 22, 2014

Foyle's War

Just the briefest glimpse of Alex in the trailer for the new series of "Foyle's War". Not sure if that means he will be appearing in the first episode, which goes out on 4 January.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Twitter Questions

Alex did the Charlie Choc Twitter Q&A:

Did anyone join in? I was out and missed it, unfortunately!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Cocktail Sticks

Well, a good way to start the new year. BBC Radio 4 will broadcast the NT production of "Cocktail Sticks" on 3 January at 2.30 to 3.30 pm.

More information at BBC Mediacentre.

Monday, November 24, 2014

More Nocturne

Another picture from Lucy Parham, this one from the Q&A after the performance:


Lucy Parham has tweeted a lovely picture of Alex and the other performers at St Johns Smith Square yesterday afternoon:

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Children in Need

Alex appeared with the cast of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' on the BBC's Children in Need fundraiser last Friday. The segment can be seen here:

Thanks again to Kate!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Strange Meeting

Alex reads Wilfred Owen's "Strange Meeting" on the website of the Britten-Pears foundation. The video is available on YouTube.

Thanks to Kate!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

November Planning

Some changes have appeared in the diary of Lucy Parham appearances. Alex is no longer mentioned for the BBC Radio 3 broadcast on 20 November. Juliette Stevenson will not now appear on 9 and 23 November but Harriet Walter will.

For more information see Lucy Parham's website.

Thanks to Kate!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014


The first official picture was released today. Looks like fun!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

More, more

If you want more pictures of the filming of "Lady in the Van", Kate is collecting them all on her Alan Bennett blog. So check On the Outskirts of Nowhere.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

No Dylan Thomas

Alex will not be appearing at the Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala because of filming commitments.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala

Alex is one of the actors appearing at the Dylan Thomas Centenary Gala at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 26 October. Other readers are Tom Hollander, John Owen Jones, Siân Phillips, Jonathan Pryce, Griff Rhys Jones and Owen Teale.

For tickets and more information see the Queen Elizabeth Hall website.

Thanks again to Kate!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014


The van has arrived so the filming must be about to start. No lady yet. Or gentleman.

Check: Twitter.

Thanks to Kate!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Don't Be So Dramatic!

... is the name of the podcast that has published the Alex Q&A that took place last week. You can find it at: Stitcher Radio, or you can download the podcast from iTunes.

Thanks to Kate!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Alex Event Report

Linda has reported back on the Q&A session today:

"I just got back from the Alex Jennings event at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. He was in fine form, relaxed and jovial, often with a huge smile on his face, which was lovely to see. He was looking especially handsome today in his normal brown shoes, striped socks, jeans, grey T-shirt and black linen jacket. A very fine sight, indeed.

He was asked questions by an old friend, Paul Clayton for half an hour, then the audience asked questions. We learned about his early career and Alex talked about several of his favourite plays and directors, his time at Warwick University where he met his wife, how he felt about acting in Stratford as opposed to working in London (enjoyed Stratford, but very full on as no escape), whether he would work in the States (he would now that his children are off his hands), his work on television and in movies. I asked him if he would consider doing Professor Harold Hill in the Music Man and he said he'd love to. I commented that he already had a good American accent, and Paul Clayton asked Alex why he had brought his agent with him!

It was really enjoyable. I wish you could have been there! thanks for letting me know about it, Jolande. I think there were about 70 people in the audience, most of them quite young (20's)."

Thanks Linda!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Roald Dahl Day

Alex appeared in the live event celebrating Roald Dahl Day this afternoon on the stage of Drury Lane singing "Pure Imagination" with the audience. You can see the show and Alex's performance on Puffin's Virtually Live website. Alex appears after about 29 minutes.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

More Castles Background

A longer behind the scenes documentary is now available on the Open University website, with a little more Alex to watch.

See the OU.

Backstage Castles

Getting into work, sitting in the back.

Thank you to Iain McKee, who was in the front.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

In Conversation

On 16 September at 1 pm Alex talks off the record to Paul Clayton at the the Grand Salon at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane. The event is free but you do have to book.

For booking and more information check: Tristan Bates Theatre.

Thanks to Kate and Uli.

If anyone is going, can you send us a report? And picture, of course!

Castles in the Sky - Trailers

Two different trailers for the film that will be broadcast on BBC Two this Thursday:

Short version.

Long version.

Thanks again to Kate!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

More Castles

More information and a behind the scenes video of "Castles In The Sky" on the BBC website. As usual, the video is only available in the UK. A few choice words from Alex in there.

See BBC Two.

Special thank you to Penny!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Cocktail Sticks

You can now pre-order the audio recording of "Cocktail Sticks" at Amazon. It's a radio adaptation of the play performed at the National Theatre, probably to be broadcast later. The recording should be available from 15 January 2015.

For details see Amazon.

Thanks again to Kate!

Castles in the Sky

This BBC World War II drama will be shown on BBC Two on 4 September from 9-10.30 pm. Eddie Izzard plays Robert Watson Watt, Alex is Henry Tizard. The drama tells the story of the invention of radar.

For more information see the BBC Media Centre.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ice Bucket

Yes, he's done it.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

And more...

... Charlie pictues.

Curious Incident

On 8 July Alex attended the press night for "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" at the London Transport Museum. There is a picture at Getty Images.

Thanks again to Kate!

Friday, July 11, 2014

The Trailer!

And after all those pictures, the new trailer is now available!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

On Acting

In the series "Actors on Acting" Alex talks to the Guardian about playing Henry Higgins, Hamlet and Willy Wonka, making the parts his own and not being able to let go.

The article can be found at the Guardian website.

Thanks to Penny!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

War of Words

Kate has provided some pictures of the "War of Words" reading in London last Monday.

Thanks Kate!

Propeller Theatre

Alex supports the Propeller theatre, which has lost some of its funding:

For more information check the Propeller website.

OK, just

One more then:

Friday, June 27, 2014

More celebrations - Pictures and Video

The Charlie facebook page has a birthday album now with a few more celebration pictures.

And the video, including some Alex comments is at YouTube.

For all pictures see Facebook.

Charlie's Birthday Celebrations

Charlie celebrated its birthday with a party. Broadway World has some of the pictures. Alex can be seen on and offstage.

For the story and other pictures see: Broadway World.

Thursday, June 26, 2014 Interview

Alex talks to about Willy Wonka and a few other things. Just a few of the questions:

After a distinguished a career as a classical actor, it must be lovely to give musical theater another go.
Oh, it is. Working in musicals is something I always dreamed of, and then it happened with My Fair Lady, which was a completely joyful experience. And then came Charlie, which I am aware makes considerable demands on me, but I’m really enjoying it.

You made your public debut as Wonka at the Olivier Awards before you’d started performing the role. Was that daunting?
I made the mistake of looking at it online recently, which was a big error [laughs]. It was completely terrifying. The screen flew out and there I was as Willy Wonka thinking, “I wonder if I could just walk back into the wings now!”

No worries about the glass elevator that flies you and Charlie over the audience?
Not really. I don’t particularly suffer from fear of heights, but I do make sure to hold on very tightly to Charlie’s hands.

You'll be playing two roles—or two versions of the same role—in the film adaptation of Alan Bennett’s The Lady in the Van.
I’m guessing that may come off a bit like the twins in The Social Network: Alex Jennings acting with Alex Jennings? [Laughs.] Hopefully, we’ll be filming in the house in north London where the events [in the play] actually happened; Alan is writing to the neighbors as we speak.

You’re no stranger to Dame Maggie Smith, having acted opposite her in The Importance of Being Earnest in 1993.
And I had a wonderful time with her—a really fabulous time. How can you not enjoy being on stage with one of this country’s greatest if not the greatest living actresses? All that is left is to try to live up to the mark and match her, and what’s been wonderful is that the Charlie producers are giving me the necessary time off to do the film before returning and continuing in the part through to next May.

Is your current experience in Charlie making you look around the musical landscape to see what else might possibly appeal?
Not in any sense of being very proactive, since that’s not usually how I go about getting work. But it has given me more confidence in this field, certainly, and I have to say I do love Sondheim and would love to do one of his musicals one day. I wonder whether that could ever happen?

Read the full interview at

Charlie's Birthday

Yesterday "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" celebrated its first birthday. There was a party, of course, and Alex attended. The pictures are from Charlie's official twitter feed.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Secret Scripture

Alex will be reading Sebastian Barry's "The Secret Scripture" on BBC Radio 4 Extra with Doreen Keogh from tomorrow, 23 June at 14.00. The 10 episodes will be broadcast over the next two weeks. For more information see: BBC Radio 4 Extra.

Thanks again to Jen!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Wonka Talk

Alex talks at length to Lloyd Evans of The Spectator about appearing in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" and other plans. He talks about the funny voices, acting with children, other ambitions, politics and his "transatlantic presence". The article will appear in the printed edition of 21 June.

Read at The Spectator.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Words of War

Monday afternoon 30 June Alex will take part in a reading of poetry, letters and memoirs of the First World War. Harriet Walter also takes part. The reading will take place at St Johns Church, Waterloo Road and is an NT platform. For tickets and information check the National Theatre website.

Thanks again to Kate!

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Autumn Charlie Schedule

Alex will take time off from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" in the autumn to film "Lady in the Van". The official website gives the following message: "Mr Jennings' performance schedule is subject to change between the following dates inclusively: 6-25 October 2014 and 3-29 November 2014." So I guess if you want to be sure to see Alex in the show you need to book outside these periods.

For full announcement: official website.


The actors union Equity is holding elections. No guesses who Alex will be voting for. Malcolm being Mr Sinclair.

See Original tweet.

Thanks again to Kate!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Lonely Mountain

Alex did the narration for this lovely short animation you can watch on Vimeo.

Guardian Caricature

Nicola Jennings has drawn Alex as one of a series of caricatures in the Guardian.

For the original and other drawings see the Guardian.


Alex appears in the new film Belle.

The official trailer is available on YouTube.

The official website is at Belle.

Castles in the Sky

The film Alex made with Eddie Izzard, Tim McInnerney, Julian Rhind-Tutt amongst others in Scotland last year will open on 23 June at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

For more information or tickets check the Festival Website.

Meanwhile, last year Iain McKee posted a picture of the cast after the wrap on Twitter.

Monday, June 02, 2014