The 1989 Academy Award-winning film starred Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy. Now, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Award-winning play Driving Miss Daisy is wheeling its way to York Theatre Royal this June.
The comedy-drama is set against a backdrop of prejudice, inequality and the American Civil Rights movement. When proud Daisy Werthan crashes her car, her son decides to hire a driver for her – African-American Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke’s relationship gets off to a rocky start but, as times change over two decades, a profound friendship blossoms between them.
The show stars Paula Wilcox as Daisy. She starred in 1970s TV comedy series Man About the House and The Lovers. Recent TV includes Ben Elton’s BBC comedy Upstart Crow (as Shakespeare’s mother), Kay Mellor’s Girlfriends, Living the Dream, Mount Pleasant, The Queen’s Nose and Emmerdale. Her theatre credits are also vast. I am probably a bit niche in this but I absolutely LOVED The Queen’s Nose so this is a super exciting cast announcement for me.
Maurey Richards as Hoke is also a huge talent. He has been a member of The Platters vocal and recording group for the last ten years as well as starring in a number of impressive theatre shows.
Director Suzann McLean, Associate Artist at York Theatre Royal, says: “Driving Miss Daisy is a love story about two unlikely individuals who form a friendship in the South during the time of the civil rights movement.
“The play spans 25 years of the Jewish and African American communities living in Atlanta. Key moments in history from the Temple bombing in 1958 to Martin Luther King Jr’s Nobel peace prize dinner in 1964 force us to re-examine where we are as a society today.”
Catch the show when it comes to York Theatre Royal, from 7th to 29th June.
Photograph credited to Shaun Conway Photography