Driving Miss Daisy, currently on tour until December 2012, will extend its national tour to April 2013 due to popular demand. The critically acclaimed production, presented by Julian Stoneman Associates, in association with Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, follows sell-out runs on Broadway and in the West End. Driving Miss Daisy is the Pulitzer prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry and this production stars Gwen Taylor as Daisy Werthan, Don Warrington as Hoke Coleburn and Ian Porter as Boolie Werthan.
Julian Stoneman, Producer, said "I am thrilled that we are able to extend the tour and allow more theatregoers the chance to see two of the UK's best known stars. The critics have said Gwen Taylor gives 'a wonderful performance' and "Don Warrington is 'captivating'. Driving Miss Daisy is a delightful play with wit, charm and comedy and appeals to all ages. You are in for treat!"
Driving Miss Daisy continues its 2012 tour to Brighton Theatre Royal from 12 - 17 November, Derby Theatre from 19 - 24 November (where an extra matinee on Thursday 22 November has been added to the sell-out run) and concludes at Southend Palace Theatre from 26 November - 1 December 2012.
The 2013 tour will run as follows:
Theatre Clwyd, Mold from 29 January – 2 February
New Theatre, Cardiff from 5 – 9 February
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry from 11 – 16 February
Arts Theatre, Cambridge from 18 – 23 February
Theatre Royal, Plymouth from 25 February – 2 March
Kings Theatre, Edinburgh from 5 – 9 March
Churchill Theatre, Bromley from 18 – 23 March
Devonshire Park, Eastbourne from 25 – 30 March
Swan Theatre, Wycombe from 2 – 6 April
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton from 9 – 13 April
Driving Miss Daisy won the 2012 Whatsonstage.com award for Best Play Revival voted for by over 10,000 theatregoers. Driving Miss Daisy is directed by David Esbjornson, designed by John Lee Beatty, with costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting by Peter Kaczorowski, music by Mark Bennett and sound design by Christopher Cronin.
Alfred Uhry wrote Driving Miss Daisy in 1987 and the same year it debuted Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theater. Two years later the play was made into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Alfred Uhry received an Academy award for Best Adapted Screenplay while the film was awarded Best Picture.
The piece begins in 1948 when Daisy Werthan, a 72-year-old Jewish widow living in Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive. Her son Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing soon blossoms into a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them.
Gwen Taylor (Daisy Werthan) most recently played Anne Foster in Coronation Street. Other notable TV credits include Peg in Heartbeat, the title role in Barbara, Rita in A Bit of A Do, Margaret in Belonging and Gen in Conjugal Rites. Gwen's many stage credits include The Butterfly Lion at Leicester Curve, Calendar Girls on tour, Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre, Shirley Valentine on tour, Heritage at Hampstead Theatre, Clouds and Ripen Our Darkness at The Royal Court Theatre. Her film work includes Monty Python's Life of Brian and Richard's Things.