Don Warrington to Lead Cast of U.K. Tour for recast version of Broadway’s ‘Driving Miss Daisy’
Dom Warrington will reprise the role of Hoke Coleburn, the black chauffeur originally played by Morgan Freeman in Alfred Uhry‘s 1987 play and film adaptation. The role was then reprised by Clarke Peters in the original West End debut and James Earl Jones in the 2012 Broadway debut. The production will also star Gwen Taylor as Miss Daisy.
The tour will begin performances on Oct. 8 at Guildford’s Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, and will play venues in 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 (Ian 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.
Warrington’s theatre credits include The Mysteries, The Statement of Regret and Elmina’s Kitchen.