The new production of Alfred Uhry’s classic Driving Miss Daisy will star British theatre icon Dame Siân Philips as elderly widow Daisy Werthan, and Derek Griffiths as chauffeur Hoke.
The show will play at Newcastle Theatre Roya October 2-7l as part of its 30th anniversary tour.
Driving Miss Daisy made its landmark debut in an off-Broadway production in 1987. Two years later it was made into a film starring Jessica Tandy, Morgan Freeman and Dan Aykroyd.
When Miss Daisy crashes her car one day in 1948, her son hires her a chauffeur, an African-American named Hoke Colburn.
Daisy and Hoke’s relationship gets off to a rocky start, but as times change across a 25-year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms in this acclaimed comedy drama.