Unlikely friendship steers its way to Surrey stage

John Campbell and Nicola Lipman star in Arts Club Theatre Company
John Campbell and Nicola Lipman star in Arts Club Theatre Company's production of Driving Miss Daisy, which plays at the Surrey Arts Centre until Jan. 25.
— image credit: David Cooper

Arts Club Theatre Company On Tour brings Driving Miss Daisy to the Surrey stage this week and next.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning play  follows the charming adventures of a Southern matriarch (played by Nicola Lipman) and her chauffeur (John Campbell) over a 25-year friendship, and reveals the power of the human heart to overcome prejudices and open up to new possibilities.

“This show is brimming with heart,” says director Mario Crudo,

The Arts Club production of this comedy is on tour at Surrey Arts Centre’s Main Stage (13750 88 Ave.) until Jan. 25.

Playwright Alfred Uhry began his professional career as a lyric writer, with Driving Miss Daisy being his first play. The play opened at Playwrights Horizons in New York in 1987, and subsequently moved to the John Houseman Theatre where it ran for three years, winning the Pulitzer Prize in 1988. The film version – starring Jessica Tandy and Morgan Freeman – won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 1990, and also won for Best Picture.

The Surrey shows are Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m., with matinées Saturday and Sunday at 4 p.m. Tickets ($29 to $43, student rush $15), are available by calling 604-501-5566 or online at https://tickets.surrey.ca.

Patrons who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy an enhanced theatre experience at the 4 p.m. performance on Jan. 25 with VocalEye audio description. VocalEye patrons are eligible for a $25 ticket price, and can purchase tickets by phoning the Box Office. VocalEye equipment is limited, so reserving ahead is recommended.

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