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Maggie Smith stars in ‘The Lady in the Van’ for Monday Movies on Main


Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by the magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by the magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.


Originally Published: April 20, 2022 1:52 p.m.

The Sedona International Film Festival joins Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood.

“Monday Movies on Main” will feature the Cottonwood premiere of “The Lady in the Van” on Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts.

Maggie Smith was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical for her lead role in “The Lady in the Van.”

Alan Bennett’s story is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd (played by the magnificent Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins who “temporarily” parked her van in Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years.

What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change both their lives.

Filmed on the street and in the house where Bennett and Miss Shepherd lived all those years, acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner reunites with iconic writer Alan Bennett to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.

Tickets are $12 general admission and $9.00 for Film Festival members and $10 for students. Movie concessions will be available, including beer, wine, soft drinks, water, popcorn and a selection of movie candy.

For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Tickets can also be ordered in advance online at SedonaFilmFestival.org.

Because of limited seating, mentioned above, SIFF and OTCA recommend purchasing advanced tickets. Please call 928-282-1177 day of show to check ticket availability for door sales. The Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 633 N. Fifth St. (just off Main) in Cottonwood.

Information provided by SIFF.