Completing Carnegie Hall’s 2016 spring film series on Monday, May 9, at the Lewis Theatre in downtown Lewisburg, is “The Lady in the Van.” Showtime is at 7 p.m. with an admission price of $8 per person.
Alan Bennett’s story, “The Lady in the Van,” is based on the true story of Miss Shepherd, 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 and iconic writer Alan Bennett to bring this rare and touching portrait to the screen.
Delivering a magnificent performance as Miss Shepherd is award-winning actress Maggie Smith, whose career in motion pictures, television, and on stage spans over 60 years. Among her major competitive awards, Smith has won two Oscars, five BAFTAs (including a record four for Best Actress), three Emmys, and a Tony Award. Other significant awards include three Golden Globes, five Screen Actors Guild Awards, and a record five Best Actress Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Smith is one of only 12 actresses to have achieved the Triple Crown of Acting.
For more information on this or other programming, visit www.carnegiehallwv.org.
The film series is presented with financial assistance from the WV Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the WV Commission on the Arts and the following visual arts sponsors: Paul and Ann Moran, Sarah and Jim Umberger, and Janice Walker Pogue.