Hankies at the ready. London’s Hope Theatre is staging a revival of Robert Harling’s heart-rending drama, Steel Magnolias next month.
Steel Magnolias 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.
Harling’s play, the basis for the much-loved 1987 multi Oscar-nominated tearjerker of the same name, is partially autobiographical with a thinly disguised key character his own sister.
Steel Magnolias is the latest in-house production from Islington’s Hope Theatre, whose multi award winning production of Lovesong of the Electric Bear transferred to the West End in 2015.
The all-female cast of Jo Wickham, Ariel Harrison, Lin Sagovsky, Samantha Shellie, Stephanie Beattie and Maggie Robson, is directed by Matthew Parker, the Off-West End Award-nominated artistic director of The Hope Theatre.
The theatre is working alongside Diabetes UK to raise awareness of the condition, and the work of the charity, as Type 1 diabetes features prominently in the plot.
Roz Rosenblatt, Diabetes UK Head for London, said: “Steel Magnolias is a wonderful play and we welcome anything that raises the profile of diabetes.
“Nearly 12 million people are at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Left untreated or poorly managed, diabetes can cause devastating complications such as amputation, blindness, kidney failure and stroke”.
Steel Magnolias runs at the Hope Theatre from August 9-September 3.