Driving Miss Daisy
November 20th - November 25th
By Alfred Uhry
Presented by Theatre Royal Bath
Starring Dame Siân Phillips and Derek Griffiths
When elderly widow Daisy Werthan crashes her car one day in 1948, 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 a 25 year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms in this acclaimed comedy drama.
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.
From her multi award-wining 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 Siân Phillips has enjoyed a dazzling career which spans more than seven decades.
RSC actor and legendary children’s show presenter, Derek Griffiths’ numerous West End credits include the original production of Beauty and the Beast in which he originated the role of Lumière and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Ticket price includes a £1 contribution to our heritage fund.
★★★★ “Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths give virtuosic performances. Teddy Kemener…excellent” Sunday Express
★★★★ “A sublime production…profoundly enhanced by Ms Philips’s luminous presence” Daily Express
★★★★ “Daisy’s road trip is a real delight” Bristol Post
“A witty play for today that tackles big issues.” Swindon Advertiser
★★★★ “Derek Griffiths’ performance as the noble, resilient Hoke that is truly outstanding. He is splendid.” StageTalk Magazine
“Sian Phillips is a wickedly witty Miss Daisy.. another unforgettable performance by this astonishing actress” The Fine Times Recorder
★★★★ “A play that has stood the test of time…A deeply moving show.” LondonTheatre1