Steel Magnolias

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★★★★★ - West End Wilma ★★★★★ - London Theatre1 ★★★★★ - Break A Leg ★★★★★ - London Pub Theatres ★★★★ - The Stage ★★★★ - Jonathan Baz Reviews Steel Magnolias (the basis for the much loved multi Oscar-nominated film) is the bittersweet story of six women who gather under the dryers at Truvy’s Beauty Salon to share gossip, laughter, recipes and beauty secrets on four significant days across three years of their lives in a small US Southern town. When tragedy strikes, they face it with sass and strength, supporting each other through thick and thin. By turns hilarious and poignant, Steel Magnolias is a heart warming portrait of friendship and love. Steel Magnolias is the latest in-house production from The Hope Theatre, whose multi award winning production of Lovesong of the Electric Bear transferred to the West End in 2015. The all-female cast is directed by Matthew Parker, Off West End Award nominated Artistic Director of The Hope Theatre, designed by Rachael Ryan and with sound design by Off West End Award winner Paul Freeman. The Hope Theatre is working with Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the facts of the condition which features prominently in the play. A representative of Diabetes Islington visited the rehearsal room to give valuable medical input to the production. A representative from Diabetes UK will speak briefly to audiences after the performances on Tuesday 16 and Tuesday 30 Aug and a bucket collection will be held for the charity. Cast: Stephanie Beattie, Ariel Harrison, Maggie Robson, Lin Sagovsky, Samantha Shellie & Jo Wickham Praise for The Hope Theatre’s previous in-house productions: ★★★★★ "The Hope Theatre’s first in-house season opens with a bang" Thrifty Theatre ★★★★★ "Utterly fantastic, highly entertaining" London Theatre1 ★★★★★ "Unmissable…The strongest fringe theatre show I have seen in a long time" Everything Theatre ★★★★★ "Matthew Parker orchestrates the whole with enormous panache and clarity" London Pub Theatres ★★★★★ "A triumph!" Young Critics Wales ★★★★★ "The most gorgeous off-West End play we’ve seen. Not only is this a fantastic production in its own right, it’s an advertisement that the fringe is capable of thinking big and being big" Views from the Gods Tickets include: entry + entry to post-show talk from Diabetes UK on 16 and 30 August. Over 18s only for evening performances. Please arrive on time as latecomers cannot be admitted under any circumstances.


The Hope & Anchor, Islington

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