Hit play Driving Miss Daisy stops off at the Theatre Royal in Bath
The award-winning London and Broadway production of Driving Miss Daisy comes to the Theatre Royal Bath next week as part of a new, strictly limited UK tour.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning play which became an Oscar winning hit film stars Gwen Taylor from TV's Coronation Street and Don Warrington from Rising Damp.
Alfred Uhry's story tells the charming, poignant and utterly compelling tale of an unlikely, long-lasting friendship.
Having broken records on Broadway and played to sold-out audiences in London's West End, starring Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones, David Esbjornson's award-winning production of this heart-warming and humorous play has dazzled both audiences and critics. The play recently won the 2012 Whatsonstage Award for Best Play Revival voted for by more than 10,000 theatregoers.
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When elderly southern matriarch, Daisy Werthan, a widowed, Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie hires kind-hearted Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. While the wheels turn and the decades roll by against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound, life-altering friendship blossoms as the pair slowly transcend their differences and ultimately grow to rely on each other far more than either would ever have expected.
Gwen Taylor, who stars as Daisy Werthan, recently enjoyed a dramatic exit from her role in Coronation Street where she played Anne, the mother of Frank Foster in 47 episodes of the popular drama series. Gwen has numerous acclaimed television credits to her name including playing Peggy Armstrong in 98 episodes of Heartbeat, appearing in the title role in three series of Barbara and playing Rita Simcock in two series of the BAFTA-nominated A Bit of a Do.
Starring as Hoke Colburn, Don Warrington is loved and best known for playing Philip Smith in the classic television comedy series Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter.
His other television appearances include Lewis, earlier this year, New Street Law, Red Dwarf, Lovejoy and Doctor Who.
On stage, he has worked extensively with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Playwright Alfred Uhry wrote Driving Miss Daisy in 1987, the same year it debuted Off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theater. He was awarded the 1988 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.
Two years later the play was made into a film with Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Uhry received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay and the film was awarded Best Picture.
Driving Miss Daisy opens in Bath on Tuesday. Tickets are on 01225 448844 or online at www.theatreroyal.org.uk
WIN THEATRE BOX
This week we have two tickets to give away for the opening night performance on Tuesday.
Just answer the following question, put your answer on a postcard and send it with your name and telephone number to Theatre Royal Competition, The Bath Chronicle, Westpoint, James Street West, Bath BA1 2DA.
The first correct answer out of the hat on Monday morning will get the tickets.
The question is: which famous prize did Driving Miss Daisy win?