Driving Miss Daisy - Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones to feature in 2011 West End run - tickets on sale now

Posted: 27th June 2011

It is a challenge to find any description of Alfred Uhry's Pulitzer Prize-winning classic Driving Miss Daisy that doesn't use the phrase 'much loved'. The tale is best known from its 1989 Oscar-winning film adaptation, starring the much-loved Jessica Tandy and the very much-loved Morgan Freeman.

Driving Miss Daisy is the story of an enduring friendship between prickly Southerner, the elderly Miss Daisy, and her wise and kind-hearted (and ultimately much-loved) chauffeur Hoke. Set predominantly in the 1950s and 60s, against a backdrop of the US civil rights movement, the story is memorable and heart-warming; a Nan's favourite.

Morgan Freeman had played the benevolent Hoke in the original Off-Broadway production which made its debut in 1987. It became an iconic and a career-defining role for Freeman, who owned it completely with his warmth and humour, his "Yes'm" and his "making water".

Two decades later and it is Darth Vader's turn to make water. For 12 weeks only, Oscar-nominated James Earl Jones (the voice of Vader) will play Hoke alongside Oscar winner Vanessa Redgrave as Daisy Werthan. Both are much loved.

David Esbjornson's revival production has been a great success on Broadway and it is coming to the West End from 26th September 2011, including Saturday matinée performances.

Tickets are available now, priced from £38 for balcony seats, to £58.50 for stalls. They are expected to sell out quickly, so don't hang around.

Stewart Darkin