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DRIVING MISS DAISY - National Tour to Open in Guildford

Published by: Cameron Lowe on 19th Sep 2012 | View all blogs by Cameron Lowe

Driving Miss Daisy

FOLLOWING critically acclaimed sell-out runs on Broadway and in the West End, Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is thrilled to open the National Tour of Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy on Wednesday, October 10.  The production stars Gwen Taylor, Don Warrington and Ian Porter, and runs until Saturday, October 13.

When Daisy Werthan, a widowed, 72 year-old Jewish woman living in mid-century Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie hires Hoke Coleburn, an African American man, 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 – who is most recently known for playing Anne Foster on screen in Coronation Street – stars as Daisy Werthan.  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 for Leicester Curve; Calendar Girls on tour; Prick Up Your Ears at the Comedy Theatre; Shirley Valentine on tour; Heritage at Hampstead Theatre, and Clouds and Ripen Our Darkness at the Royal Court Theatre. Her film work includes Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Richard’s Things.

Best known for playing Philip Smith in the hit TV series Rising Damp alongside Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington plays Hoke Coleburn.  Other television credits include: Red Dwarf; Lovejoy; Doctor Who; Casualty; The Crouches; New Street Law; Waking the Dead and Death in Paradise.  His stage credits include: A Statement of Regret and The Mysteries for the National Theatre, Elmina’s Kitchen at the Garrick Theatre and The Merchant of Venice at Birmingham Repertory Theatre.


Ian Porter plays the part of Boolie Werthan.  His previous theatre credits include: Slim in Of Mice and Men at the Watermill Theatre; August: Osage County at the National Theatre; The Exonerated at the New Players Theatre; The Archbishops Ceiling and You Can’t Take It With You at Southwark Playhouse and Voices From September 11th at the Old Vic.  Ian’s screen credits include: Saving Private Ryan; Bourne Ultimatum; Mr Bean’s Holiday; Hotel Babylon; The Jacket; Doctor Who; Bonekickers and Moonshot.


Driving Miss Daisy recently won the 2012 Award for Best Play Revival voted for by over 10,000 theatregoers.

Alfred Uhry wrote the play 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. Uhry received an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay while the film was awarded Best Picture.

Tour Dates

Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford from 10-13 October

Croydon Ashcroft Theatre from 16-20 October

Richmond Theatre from 23 - 27 October

Bath Theatre Royal from 30 October–3 November

Malvern Festival Theatre from 6 - 10 November

Brighton Theatre Royal from 13 - 17 November

Derby Theatre from 20 - 24 November

Southend Palace Theatre from 27 November - 1 December 2012




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