Steel Magnolias, the hilarious and heart-warming play based on a true story, which enjoyed huge global success in the hit 1989 film adaptation starring Dolly Parton and Julia Roberts, is embarking on an extensive UK and Ireland tour in 2023.
Harriet Thorpe (best known for her role as Carole Parkinson in The Brittas Empire and Fleur in Absolutely Fabulous) will join the star-studded ensemble cast, alongside Laura Main (best known as Shelagh Turner in BBC One’s Call the Midwife), Diana Vickers (The X Factor star who has gone on to lead roles in many theatre productions including Dial M For Murder and The Rise and Fall of Little Voice) and Lucy Speed (known for her television roles on EastEnders and The Bill, and as a new cast member on BBC Radio 4’s The Archers). Completing the cast are Caroline Harker (A Touch of Frost) and Elizabeth Ayodele (Playboy of the West Indies).
The show, directed by Anthony Banks (Mrs Warren’s Profession, Tour, Girl on the Train, West End, Dial M for Murder, National tour), will begin its tour on 19 January at Bromley’s Churchill Theatre, travelling to over 20 venues and conclude on 22 July at the Royal & Derngate Theatre, Northampton.
Steel Magnolias, which was first performed off-Broadway in 1987, is the story of six women who come together once a week in a small-town beauty salon in the American South, and prove that female friendship conquers all. Faced with the highs and lows of love and life, and amongst the chaos of work, marriage and children, they unite to gossip, unwind and set the world to rights.
This stage production features an all-female cast who bring this very funny and touching story of friendship and the strength that women derive from one another beautifully to life on stage.
The creative team are; Laura Hopkins (Set Designer), Susan Kulkarni (Costume Designer), Richard Mawbey (Wig Designer), Howard Hudson (Lighting Designer), Ben and Max Ringham (Sound Designer).
This iconic comedy is the perfect ticket for every generation and proves that one hair appointment might just change your life.