Set in Atlanta, Georgia, the story begins one day in 1948 when a prickly, 72-year-old Jewish widow, Daisy Werthan, crashes her car. Deemed too old to drive, her son hires her a chauffeur, an African-American named Hoke Colburn. Daisy and Hoke's relationship gets off to a rocky start, but as times change across the course of a 25 year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms.
From its landmark Off-Broadway production in 1987 to the remarkable success of the 1989 film version, which was the winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture, Driving Miss Daisy has touched the hearts of millions worldwide. With its richly drawn characters, this is a timeless, moving, funny, and ultimately hopeful story.
From her multi award-winning performance in I, Claudius to the epic film Dune, from a Tony nominated performance of Marlene on Broadway to Cabaret in the West End, Dame Sian Phillips has enjoyed a dazzling career which spans more than seven decades.
RSC actor and legendary presenter, Derek Griffiths' numerous West End credits include the original production of Beauty and the Beast in which he originated the role of Lumiere and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He currently plays Freddie Smith in Coronation Street.
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