Pulitzer prize-winning play coming to Croydon

Wimbledon Guardian: Pulitzer prize-winning play coming to Croydon Pulitzer prize-winning play coming to Croydon

Having conquered both the West End and Broadway, Pulitzer prize-winning play Driving Miss Daisy is going on the road.

Starring Gwen Taylor, of Coronation Street fame, as Daisy Werthan, Trinidadian Don Warrington as Hoke Coleburn and Ian Porter as Boolie Werthan, the show will play for four dates in autumn at the Fairfield Halls.

The touching tale of a retired Jewish woman forced to hire a black chauffeur after a crash in the 1940s delves into race relations in America and explores a budding friendship between the two.

The play follows the pair over more than two decades and looks at both the prejudices held against the black community during the mid-20th century but also anti-Semitism.

Alfred Uhry wrote Driving Miss Daisy in 1987 and the same year it debuted off-Broadway at the Playwrights Horizons Theatre.

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’.

Gwen Taylor is probably best known for her role as Anne Foster in Coronation Street, but boasts a CV that also includes roles in Heartbeat, Barbara and A Bit Of A Do on TV and even a role in Monty Python’s cult classic Life of Brian.

Warrington will be recognised by fans of TV drama Rising Damp, as well as for his appearances on Morse, Red Dwarf, Lovejoy and Casualty.

Driving Miss Daisy, Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, October 15 to 20, evening performances 7.30pm, matinees on 17 and 20, 2.30pm.

Tickets are priced from £20.50 to £26.50 (a booking fee of £2.25 per ticket may apply, call 0208 688 9291.

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