Images have been released of Siân Phillips and Derek Griffiths in the UK tour of Driving Miss Daisy

BAFTA award-winner Siân Phillips plays Daisy Werthan – the role made famous by Jessica Tandy in the multi Academy Award winning film adaptation.

Sian Phillips in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Sian Phillips in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Derek Griffiths plays her driver Hoke Colburn. Griffiths West End credits include Lumière in the original production of Beauty and the Beast (Dominion Theatre) and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (London Palladium).

Derek Griffith & Sian Phillips in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Derek Griffith & Sian Phillips. Photo: Nobby Clark

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.

Derek Griffith in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Derek Griffith in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

 

Sian Phillips in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Sian Phillips in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

The cast also features Teddy Kempner who most recently starred in Chichester Festival Theatre’s acclaimed production of Caroline, Or Change. His other theatre credits include 42nd Street (Theatre Musical de Paris-Chatelet), Dance ‘Til Dawn (West End and UK Tour), High Society (UK Tour).

Teddy Kempner in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

Teddy Kempner in Driving Miss Daisy. Photo: Nobby Clark

 

Alfred Uhry’s much loved play is directed by Richard Beecham.

Driving Miss Daisy runs until 16 September 2017 at Richmond Theatre, and will continue on to Brighton, Newcastle, Cheltenham, Oxford, Cambridge, Malvern and Chichester.