James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave Driving Miss Daisy to London
Broadway Duo Confirmed for West End run from September to December 2011
Back in March Variety reported that the Broadway version of “Driving Miss Daisy” could be granted a West End transfer and that – all going well – the show’s stars James Earl Jones and Vanessa Redgrave would be following suit. Now, according to Baz Bamigboye in the Daily Mail, this seems to be confirmed as the newspaper columnist gives details of what to expect when the show arrives for a brief run from September to December later in the year.
According to Bamigboye the show is set to appear at the Wyndham’s Theatre from September, with rehearsals beginning in the months ahead.
“Driving Miss Daisy” follows the story of Daisy and Hoke Colburn over a particular period of time with the former an elderly southern Jewish woman and the latter her African-American chauffer. The play was written by Alfred Uhry and originally appeared in the 1980s before a movie version starring Morgan Freeman hit cinema screens. This production opened on Broadway’s John Golden Theatre and accumulated positive reviews, making a West End transfer a welcome prospect for many London theatre fans.
James Earl Jones is a well known American actor who was previously seen in the West End in another Broadway transfer – in that case “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” which appeared at the Novello Theatre in 2009 – and has also enjoyed a career in film. His screens credits include “Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb”, “Conan the Barbarian” and “Field of Dreams”, in addition to his famous jobs providing the voices of Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” series and King Mufasa in “The Lion King”. It was in his capacity in the latter that led him to witnessing the West End version at the Lyceum Theatre in 2009.
Vanessa Redgrave, meanwhile, has also appeared onstage and onscreen, with credits at the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, plus The National Theatre and the West End with “The Aspern Papers” at the Haymarket Theatre in 1984 (earning her a Laurence Olivier Award in the process).
“Driving Miss Daisy” is set to appear at the Wyndham’s Theatre from Monday 26th September 2011 to Saturday 17th December 2011.