Driving Miss Daisy Confirms Dates, Tickets on SaleDate: 25 June 2011
UPDATED, Mon 27 Jun 2001 @ 11am: Full creative details and further cast information have now been added in bold to the story below.
Driving Miss Daisy tickets – sure to be some of the hottest play tickets in the West End’s autumn season – go on sale at 10.00am this morning and are available via Whatsonstage.com. CLICK HERE TO BOOK NOW!
Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning play started life Off-Broadway, running for 1,195 performances at New York’s John Houseman Theatre from 1987 to 1990. In 1989, it was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman.
This revival, directed by David Esbjornson, ran at Broadway’s Golden Theatre from on 25 October 2010 to 9 April 2011 and earned Redgrave a Best Actress nomination in this year’s Tony Awards, announced earlier this month in New York.
Driving Miss Daisy centres on the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. When Daisy Werthan (Redgrave), a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son, Boolie, hires Hoke Coleburn (Jones), an African-American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends the societal boundaries placed between them.
Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones will be joined in the West End by their original Broadway co-star Boyd Gaines, playing Miss Daisy’s son Boolie (played by Dan Ackroyd in the film). A Broadway veteran, Gaines has won four Tony Awards, for Gypsy, Contact, She Loves Me and The Heidi Chronicles. His film credits include Porkys, Funny Games and Fame.