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Steel Magnolias archiveA warm-hearted comedy set in a beauty parlour in the American deep South. The action is set in Truvy's beauty salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies who are "anybody" come to have their hair done. Helped by her eager new assistant, Annelle (who is not sure whether or not she is still married), the outspoken, wise-cracking Truvy dispenses shampoos and free advice to the town's rich curmudgeon, Ouiser, ("I'm not crazy, I've just been in a bad mood for 40 years"); an eccentric millionaire, Miss Clairee, who has a raging sweet tooth; and the local social leader, M'Lynn, whose daughter, Shelby (the prettiest girl in town), is about to marry a "good ole boy." Robert Harling's play began as a short story about the death of his diabetic sister following childbirth, before it evolved into a play. Harling was a model and an actor at the time. The off-Broadway WPA Theatre first produced the work, before, following revisions by Harling, it moved to Broadway, opening June 19, 1987, at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, and running for 1,126 performances. Steel Magnolias made its way to the big screen in 1989, featuring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine, Daryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts. The film version expanded the story to include the men who are only alluded to in the stage version. The close-knit circle of women at Truvy's Beauty Salon, the unofficial hub of Chinquapin, have lots of time to gossip. Their husbands - absent, depressed or dead - have made sure of that. Consequently, visitors to the salon get more than a wash and a cut. Alternately hilarious and touching, the play focuses on the camaraderie of these six Southern women who talk, gab, gossip, chitchat, needle and harangue each other through the best of times - and cry, caress, comfort and repair one another through the worst. They are soul mates in a rarefied way that assumes a cult of femininity - sisters come hell and high water. The women at Truvy's beauty parlour are the steel magnolias of the title: Southern belles, flowery on the outside, but strong enough inside to survive any challenge, many of which are presented throughout the course of the narrative.

Author Robert Harling.

Archive listings for Steel Magnolias

Work type: Play.


Producer Rose Theatre. Director Anthony Banks. Design Laura Hopkins. Sound Ben Ringham. Sound Max Ringham. Music Ben Ringham. Music Max Ringham. Lighting Nic Farman. Performer Kara Tointon (Shelby).
1 May 20 to 23 May 20Rose Theatre Kingston, Kingston :: V051452426
listing details L0821363971


Producer Lyceum Theatre Oldham.
3 Feb 17 to 11 Feb 17Lyceum Theatre, Oldham :: V01825477968
listing details L1374583851


Company The Chameleon Players. Director Miranda Van Rossum.
18 Oct 16 to 22 Oct 16Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L1215356468


Presented byHope Theatre. Director Matthew Parker. Design Rachael Ryan. Lighting Tom Kitney. Sound Paul Freeman. Producer Cas Hodges (associate producer). Director Gabriella Shimeld-Fenn (casting director). Performer Jo Wickham (Truvy). Performer Ariel Harrison (Annelle). Performer Lin Sagovsky (Clairee). Performer Samantha Shellie (Shelby). Performer Stephanie Beattie (M'Lynn). Performer Maggie Robson (Ouiser).
9 Aug 16 to 3 Sep 16The Hope Theatre, Inner London :: V0719079091
listing details L01012456762


Company Cut to the Chase. Director Liz Marsh. Design Dinah England. Lighting Chris Howcroft. Performer Gemma Salter. Performer Tina Gray. Performer Sarah Mahony. Performer Lucy Wells. Performer Claire Storey. Performer Gilian Cally.
18 Sep 15 to 10 Oct 15Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch :: V41
listing details L01541960895


Director Gail Young. Lighting Mark Shenton. Sound Paul White. Performer Annabel Johnson (Shelby). Performer Alison Pritchard (M'Lynn). Performer Eileen Reisin (Truvy). Performer Phillipa Bona (Annelle). Performer Jean Lawrence (Clairee). Performer Julia Bona (Ouiser).
17 Sep 15 to 26 Sep 15Forum Studio Theatre (formerly the Chester Gateway), Chester :: V468
listing details L01887256114


Company Berwick Operatic Society.
23 Feb 15 to 28 Feb 15Chorley Theatre, Chorley :: V530
listing details L0977912463
16 Oct 14 to 18 Oct 14The Maltings, Berwick-on-Tweed :: V986
listing details L2098186169


Company Centenary Theatre Company.
10 Feb 15 to 14 Feb 15Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn :: V1448285374
listing details L0257428762


Director Lee Baxendale.
17 Oct 14 to 18 Oct 14The Landmark, Ilfracombe :: V1177
listing details L0277124912


Company Torch Theatre Company.
9 Oct 14 to 11 Oct 14Cryer Arts (formerly Charles Cryer Studio Theatre), Outer London :: V293
listing details L714704197


Company Wakefield Little Theatre.
25 Sep 14 to 27 Sep 14Theatre Royal Wakefield, Wakefield :: V979
listing details L0854261300


Director Celia Crookes.
9 Jul 14 to 12 Jul 14The Warehouse Theatre, Ilminster :: V0762277966
listing details L930082056


Company Faringdon Dramatic Society. Director Debbie Lock.
12 Jun 14 to 14 Jun 14Faringdon Junior School, Faringdon :: V796
listing details L01091105865


Company Shinfield Players. Director Cara Broadhurst. Performer Hannah Walker (Truvy). Performer Tasha Marks (Annelle). Performer Heidi Ashton (M'Lynn). Performer Millie Naylor (Shelby). Performer Carole Hewitt (Clairee). Performer Lorranie Willis (Ouiser).
5 Mar 14 to 7 Mar 14Shinfield Players Theatre and Arts Centre, Reading :: V1105
listing details L0696053850


Company Somerleigh Players.
30 May 13 to 31 May 13Dorchester Arts Centre, Dorchester :: V1068
listing details L65952272


Producer David Ian Productions. Director David Gilmore. Performer Kacey Ainsworth (Annelle). Performer Isla Blair (M'Lynn). Performer Cheryl Campbell (Ouiser). Performer Cherie Lunghi (Clairee). Performer Sadie Pickering (Shelby). Performer Denise Welch (Truvy - check dates). Performer Lisa Peace (Truvy - some dates).
11 Jun 12 to 16 Jun 12Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes :: V754
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4 Jun 12 to 9 Jun 12Mayflower Theatre, Southampton :: V774
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28 May 12 to 2 Jun 12Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne :: V570
listing details L0908330965
21 May 12 to 26 May 12Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham :: V140
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14 May 12 to 19 May 12Richmond Theatre, Outer London :: V327
listing details L0906100945
7 May 12 to 12 May 12Grand Opera House, York :: V957
listing details L01089350311
30 Apr 12 to 5 May 12Theatre Royal, Brighton :: V657
listing details L0986369549
23 Apr 12 to 28 Apr 12Theatre Royal, Nottingham :: V462
listing details L866519933
16 Apr 12 to 21 Apr 12Alhambra Theatre, Bradford :: V965
listing details L103427246
10 Apr 12 to 14 Apr 12New Theatre, Cardiff :: V823
listing details L0577170313
3 Apr 12 to 7 Apr 12Theatre Royal, Bath :: V854
listing details L561666913


Company Dundee Rep Ensemble.
22 Feb 12 to 10 Mar 12Dundee Repertory Theatre, Dundee :: V596
listing details L01951544313


Company Hoddesdon Players.
10 Nov 11 to 12 Nov 11The Spotlight (formerly Broxbourne Civic Hall), Hoddesdon :: V47
listing details L02125256196


Company Upstage Productions. Performer Carmen Pieraccini. Performer Lynn Mulvenna. Performer Tony Fruitin. Performer Anne McMenemy. Performer Isabelle Joss. Performer Isabelle Joss. Performer Lucy Mills.
1 Jul 10 to 10 Jul 10The Tron, Glasgow :: V622
listing details L0571662853


Company The Pecan Tassie Theatre Company.
27 Apr 10 to 1 May 10ADC Theatre, Cambridge :: V18
listing details L1971431650


Producer Louis Selwyn. Company Black Ram Theatre. Director Ross McGregor.
24 Jul 09Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich :: V70
listing details L0145655394


Company Irving Stage Company.
5 Nov 08 to 8 Nov 08Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds :: V76
listing details L1823256278


Company Newcastle Players.
22 Apr 08 to 26 Apr 08Mitchell Arts Centre, Stoke-on-Trent :: V999
listing details L2075130212


Company Selah Theatre Company.
24 Nov 06 to 25 Nov 06Sterts Arts Centre, Liskeard :: V878
listing details L1072742314


Producer New Stagers Theatre Club. Director Mark Stannett.
26 Apr 06 to 29 Apr 06New Wimbledon Theatre, Outer London :: V341
listing details L422318283


Company St Cloud Stage University Theater Dept..
7 Feb 06 to 8 Feb 06Playhouse, Alnwick :: V1176
listing details L956124540


Company Playing Up.
7 Sep 05 to 10 Sep 05The Rondo, Bath :: V855
listing details L01129709772


Company Hessle Operatic and Dramatic Society.
12 Oct 04 to 16 Oct 04Hull Truck Theatre, Hull :: V935
listing details L0958988081


Company Cheltenham Operatic and Dramatic Society.
4 Sep 04 to 11 Sep 04Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham :: V92
listing details L512200945

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Company Next Stage.
11 May 04 to 12 May 04New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich :: V81
listing details L0868404879


Producer Octagon Theatre. Director Rob Swain. Design Celia Perkins. Performer Nicola Bolton. Performer Pamela Buchner. Performer Samantha Couglan. Performer Katherine Holme. Performer Francesca Ryan. Performer Tessa Worsley.
5 Jun 03 to 28 Jun 03Octagon Theatre, Bolton :: V480
listing details L468649320


Company Youth Theatre Company.
10 Apr 03 to 12 Apr 03Theatre Royal, Norwich :: V72
listing details L67139150


Director Pegeen Coleman.
25 Feb 03 to 1 Mar 03Draiocht, Blanchardstown :: V1786485026
listing details L01015828658


Company Questors.
18 Jan 03 to 1 Feb 03Questor's Theatre, Outer London :: V326
listing details L618629015


WebsiteCompany Ecclesfield Priory Players.
15 Oct 02 to 19 Oct 02General, General :: V1153
listing details L448753425


Company Preston Drama Club.
7 Nov 01 to 10 Nov 01Playhouse Theatre, Preston :: V01322424695
listing details L1382834343


Company Drama Workshop Youth Theatre.
4 Oct 01Robert Powell Theatre, Salford :: V501
listing details L0313881607


Company Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts (3rd Year Students).
11 Apr 01 to 14 Apr 01Mountview Theatre School, Outer London :: V317
listing details L349434340


Company Aylesbury Operatic and Dramatic Society.
1 Feb 01 to 3 Feb 01Civic Centre Theatre, Aylesbury :: V744
listing details L0907697241


Company Banbury Cross Players.
12 Apr 00 to 15 Apr 00The Mill Arts Centre (formerly The Mill), Banbury :: V794
listing details L0145520182


Company The Rose Bruford College. Company Showscope Productions. Performer Zita Firth. Performer Stacey Oristano. Performer Sarah Hyde. Performer Summer Finley. Performer Jhea Fulargo. Performer Sarah Annison.
30 Mar 00 to 9 Apr 00Westminster Theatre, West End :: V419
listing details L1151144314


Director Rufus Swart. Company Storrington Dramatic Society.
3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99Parham Park, Storrington :: V1205
listing details L0618933999
3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99Parham Park, Storrington :: V1205
listing details L864886387

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4 Feb 20 to 8 Feb 20Daneside Theatre, Congleton :: V469
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18 Oct 19 to 26 Oct 19The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
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10 May 18 to 12 May 18Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan :: V1004
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2 Jun 16 to 4 Jun 16Uppingham Theatre, Uppingham :: V438
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17 May 16 to 21 May 16Royalty Theatre, Sunderland :: V578
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9 Oct 14 to 11 Oct 14Secombe Theatre, Sutton :: V708
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25 Mar 14 to 5 Apr 14Highbury Little Theatre, Sutton Coldfield :: V158
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6 Feb 10 to 13 Feb 10Bolton Little Theatre, Bolton :: V482
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25 Nov 06 to 2 Dec 06Edward Alderton Theatre, Bexleyheath :: V0895820909
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8 Feb 01 to 17 Feb 01Progress Theatre, Reading :: V737
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4 Sep 99 to 11 Sep 99Farnworth Little Theatre, Bolton :: V481
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20 May 99 to 22 May 99Thameside Theatre, Grays :: V39
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20 May 99 to 22 May 99Thameside Theatre, Grays :: V39
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3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99General, General :: V617861838
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3 Mar 99 to 6 Mar 99General, General :: V617861838
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14 Oct 98 to 17 Oct 98Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford :: V702
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16 Apr 98 to 25 Apr 98The Maddermarket, Norwich :: V71
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9 Oct 97 to 11 Oct 97Villa Marina and Gaiety Theatre, Douglas :: V915
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9 Jul 97 to 12 Jul 97Unicorn Theatre, Abingdon :: V793
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26 Apr 97 to 3 May 97The Station Theatre, Hayling Island :: V759
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12 Nov 96 to 16 Nov 96Octagon Theatre, Yeovil :: V919
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1 Aug 96 to 4 Aug 96Andrew Sketchley Theatre, Inner London :: V262
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