In response to incredible demand for tickets at BFI Southbank, Omniverse Vision, a leading producer and distributor of live event cinema, announced that a special screening of Driving Miss Daisy: The Play, starring Angela Lansbury and James Earl Jones, followed by a live Q&A with Angela Lansbury, will be broadcast via satellite to over 300 cinemas across the UK on 25th May.
The special event will feature a production of the stunning comedy-drama play based on the Pulitzer Prize winning play and an Academy Award* winning film, which was filmed at The Comedy Theatre, Melbourne in 2013. The critically acclaimed production stars two of the world’s greatest living actors – five-time Tony Award® and three-time Academy Award® nominee Angela Lansbury, who was recently made a Dame in the 2014 New Year’s Honours List, and two-time Tony Award® winner and Academy Award® nominee, James Earl Jones, as well as four time Tony Award® winner Boyd Gaines. The subsequent Q&A with Lansbury, which will be hosted at BFI Southbank in London, will offer audiences insight into her role in Driving Miss Daisy as well as her incredible 70+ year career on stage and screen.
Driving Miss Daisy: The Play tells the affecting story of the decades-long relationship between a stubborn Southern matriarch and her compassionate chauffeur. An iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship, the play has warmed the hearts of millions of theatregoers worldwide.
Tickets can be booked via www.cinestage.co.uk/daisy
Stuart Brown, Head of Events at BFI Southbank said, “It’s fantastic that we are able to make events like this available to cinemas right across the UK, ensuring audiences everywhere can get the opportunity to participate in what will be a really special evening. We’re really excited to take the potential audience from our sold-out auditorium of 450 to over 75,000 UK-wide.”
Grant Calton, Omniverse Vision CEO said, “We are hugely excited to be working with someone of Ms Lansbury’s stature and on such a fantastic project – this is a real landmark for the event cinema industry.”
Alfred Uhry, writer of Driving Miss Daisy said, “Every playwright dreams of having a perfect rendition of his play last forever. I am blessed to have it happen for me with this production of Driving Miss Daisy.”