(M) Maggie Smith has a field day as Miss Smith, the eccentric, smelly old bag lady who lives in the van she parks in the driveway of playwright Alan Bennett’s North London house for 15 years. The film, scripted by Bennett from his play and directed by Nicholas Hytner, is very lightweight, but it’s beguiling entertainment while Smith is around as the infuriating yet endearing protagonist.
13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi The Necks To forge a career lasting 30 years is a great achievement for any band, but to do so by never playing the same show twice makes the Necks a rarity in Australian music. The improvisational trio has carved an international reputation across the past three decades by letting the mood, the music and the empathy between them dictate how their live performances transpire. Their most recent offering, last year’s Vertigo, earned critical acclaim here and overseas and has led to a heavy touring schedule during the next few months. Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point. Monday, 7pm and 9.15pm. Tickets: $49-$59. Bookings: (02) 9250 7777 or online. Ekman’s Cacti, first danced by SDC in 2013. It’s a laugh-aloud funny jeu d’esprit that fizzes with energy, particularly in the goofy opening in which a string quartet wanders around playing Schubert amid clowning and complicated manipulations of small platforms. Roslyn Packer Theatre, 22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay. Tonight, 8pm. Tickets: $30-$89. Bookings: (02) 9250 1999 or online. Until March 12. delicious monster. The ninemember cast is an all-singing, all-dancing knockout. Hayes Theatre Co, 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point. Today, 2pm and 7.30pm. Tickets: $80. Bookings: (02) 8065 7337 or online. Until March 19.
Romeo & Juliet Includes contemporary artist Anne Zahalka taking over Newtown Art Seat, live drawing at Chrissie Cotter Gallery, a kids hub at Camperdown Park, and exhibition Letterheads Uncovered at the Marrickville Library.