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Redgrave: I still get stage fright

Vanessa Redgrave has admitted that she still suffers from nerves despite years of stage experience.

The actress, 74, has just reprised her role in the play Driving Miss Daisy after it transferred from Broadway to the London stage.

James Earl Jones, who voices the role of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films, and US actor Boyd Gaines also star in the play, at the Wyndham's Theatre.

Vanessa admitted: "You never know quite with stage fright, you can be dancing along and suddenly it's 'oh, where are my friends? Are you still there?'

"It depends. It comes and goes. You never know."

But she added: "Each night I get the least nerves I've ever had because I feel we're in a fantastic thing together ... we're a team and an ensemble. I've been happy many times working but I've never felt this synchronicity of trust."

Driving Miss Daisy, written by Alfred Uhry in 1987, enjoyed a record breaking sell-out run on Broadway with the same cast before transferring to London.

The play, which won the Pulitzer Prize, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, in 1989.

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