The capital is home to an array of productions that have their origins on the other side of the Atlantic – such as “Shrek The Musical” and “Million Dollar Quartet” – but by the end of the year another name can be added to the list – a play that has earned great acclaim on Broadway – and it takes the form of “Driving Miss Daisy”. The production will retain many key players from the New York production, including two highly sought-after stars in James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave, and as a result it is likely to have plenty of people striving to pick up theatre tickets come September.
“Driving Miss Daisy” is best known to many as the 1989 American movie that starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, though it started out life as a 1987 play by Alfred Uhry. It appeared in an off-Broadway production in the late 1980s and also emerged in the West End in 1988. Then it would be almost twenty years until the current production opened its doors at the John Golden Theatre in New York, with a run beginning in October 2010 and continuing to April 2011. It was a huge success and as a result the upcoming West End transfer was always inevitable.
It will be the first time that London theatre audiences have had a chance to witness the work of James Earl Jones since “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” at the Novello Theatre back in 2009. During the show’s run the actor also attended a performance of “The Lion King” at the Lyceum Theatre, delving into a world he once inhabited when he provided the voice of King Mufasa in the original 1994 movie. His other credits include the voice of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series of films, plus appearances in the likes of “Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb” and “Field of Dreams”.
Alfred Uhry’s “Driving Miss Daisy” tells the story of Daisy Werthan, an elderly Jewish woman from the South, and Hoke Colburn, her African American chauffer. Over a period of time we witness their relationship and get a glimpse of her worldview through their interactions.
The show is directed by David Esbjornson and also features Boyd Gaines.
“Driving Miss Daisy” appears at the West End’s Wyndham’s Theatre from Monday 26th September 2011 to Saturday 17th December 2011.
|Booking From:||Monday, 26th September 2011|
|Booking Until:||Saturday, 17th December 2011|
|Matinees:||Wednesday and Saturday 2:30pm|
|Evenings:||Monday to Saturday 7:30pm|
|Running Time:||1 hour 30 minutes|
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