Casting Announced for U.K. Tour of Driving Miss Daisy; David Esbjornson Directs

News   Casting Announced for U.K. Tour of Driving Miss Daisy; David Esbjornson Directs Alfred Uhry's Driving Miss Daisy will tour the U.K. in a re-cast version of the Broadway production, directed again by David Esbjornson.

The company will comprise Gwen Taylor as Daisy Werthen, Don Warrington as Hoke Coleburn and Ian Porter as Boolie Werhan.

The tour will begin performances Oct. 8 at Guildford's Yvonne Arnaud, then visit Croydon, Richmond, Bath, Malvern, Brighton, Derby and Southend.

In the play, Daisy (Taylor) is a widowed, 72-year-old Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta. When she is deemed too old to drive, her son Boolie (Porter) hires Hoke (Warrington), 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.

Taylor most recently played Anne Foster in TV's "Coronation Street." Other 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." She has also worked extensively onstage, touring in Calendar Girls and Shirley Valentine, and appearing in the West End in Prick Up Your Ears .

Warrington is best known for playing Philip Smith in the TV series "Rising Damp" and starring in "Morse." Stage credits include A Statement of Regret and The Mysteries for the National Theatre and Elmina's Kitchen at the Garrick Theatre. Porter is currently playing Slim in Of Mice and Men at Newbury's Watermill Theatre. Previous theatre credits include August: Osage County at the National Theatre, The Exonerated at the New Players Theatre, and Voices From September 11th at the Old Vic.

As well as bringing Driving Miss Daisy to the West End previously with its original Broadway cast, Esbornson has previously worked in the U.K. directing the West End premiere of A Few Good Men, which starred Rob Lowe and John Barrowman at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. He has previously served as artistic director of New York's Classic Stage Company and Seattle Repertory Theatre.

For full tour dates and box office contact numbers, visit www.daisyontour.co.uk.

Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington
Gwen Taylor and Don Warrington
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