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Closed December 17, 2011

The presence of Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones in this Broadway transfer proves the alchemy of acting can have a magical effect.

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A Stellar Cast for this Pulitzer-winning Play

Two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award nominee James Earl Jones starred alongside Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave in this stage production of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic. Driving Miss Daisy ran at the Wyndhams Theatre in 2011 as Broadway transfer, where it wowed critics and audiences alike.

The play uses the familiar, heart-warming storyline of the elderly Jewish widow whose son employs and ageing African American man to act as her driver. The two strike up an unlikely friendship over time that grows to transcend social and racial boundaries. This acclaimed production only ran for 12 weeks on the West End but

What is Driving Miss Daisy about?

Miss Daisy is an elderly Jewish widow and matriarch who is struggling to come to terms with her diminishing independce as she ages. After a car crash, her son convinces her to take on a chauffer and helps hire an African American driver named Hoke Coleburn. Set in Atlanta from the late 1940s to early 1970s, the relationship between Miss Daisy and Hoke changes from one of employer and employee to a deep friendship, as they encounter issues of race and class in an America fighting for equal civil rights, and together deal with the realities of growing old.

Did you know?

This timeless American play inspired the beloved Academy Award-winning film of the same name, and this production marked the play's first ever appearance on a London stage.

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Previews from: 26 September 2011

Opening night: 5 October 2011


Driving Miss Daisy is suitable for audiences aged 10 and upwards

Run time

One hour and 30 minutes with no intermission

Cast and Creative


James Earl Jones as Hoke Colburn
Vanessa Redgrave as Daisy Werthan
Boyd Gaines as Boolie Werthan


Director - David Esbjornson
Author - Alfred Uhry

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