steel magnolias

writer: ROBERT HARLING / director: MATTHEW PARKER
9 Aug - 3 Sept 2016 at 7.45pm + Matinees
PLUS Sat Matinees at 2.30pm on 13, 20, 27 Aug & 3 Sept
£18/£14
No shows Sun & Mon

“I’m going to get my colours done. I’m going to find out if I’m a summer or spring or fall or winter. Why don’t you have it done, Shelby? You’re so fashion conscious

No. I’m scared to. I might find out that pink is not in my palette and I’m not sure I could live with that.” 

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.

WINNER! Best Off West End Production 2016. Break A Leg Critic’s Choice Awards

10 FIVE STAR REVIEWS!!
★★★★★ “Heartwarming and funny” West End Wilma
★★★★★ “A touching production” Boyz
★★★★★ “Not to be missed” London Theatre1
★★★★★ “ A gem of a show” Break A Leg Review
★★★★★ “Uplifting” Carn’s Theatre Passion
★★★★★ “Uniquely brilliant” Views From The Gods
★★★★★ “Hilarious and emotional” Stage Review
★★★★★ “Fabulously 80s” London Pub Theatres
★★★★★ “A must see!” Curtain Up Show
★★★★★ “Hilarious, magnificent & unforgettable” Remotegoat
★★★★ “More entertaining than the film” The Stage
★★★★ “Wonderful” Young Critics Wales
★★★★ “A masterclass in acting” Jonathan Baz
★★★★ “Immensely watchable” Female Arts

TRUVY: Jo Wickham
ANNELLE: Ariel Harrison
CLAIREE: Lin Sagovsky
SHELBY: Samantha Shellie
M’LYNN: Stephanie Beattie
OUISER: Maggie Robson

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.

 

the grenfell project

12 - 30 Mar 2019

THE GRENFELL PROJECT is a devised verbatim theatre piece investigating issues surrounding the fire of June 2017. It’s a collective demonstration of the issues shown at Grenfell through powerful spoken word, physical theatre and interview re-enactments. Experience the loss, heartbreak and controversy more than a year on.

grav

17, 18, 24 4pm & 7:45pm & 25 Mar 7:45pm

EXTRA PERFORMANCE ADDED! Due to popular demand there will be an extra performance of GRAV on Sunday 24th at 4pm

Gareth J Bale reprises the role of ‘Grav’ in this remarkable one-man show exploring the life and times of one of Wales’ most loved sons, Ray Gravell.

thrill me: the leopold & loeb story

2 - 20 Apr 2019

Relationships can be murder!
Chicago, 1924. Richard Loeb is obsessed with crime. Nathan Leopold is obsessed with Richard. Together they forge a pact signed in blood. They become the Thrill Killers.
From award winning writer Stephen Dolginoff and award winning director Matthew Parker comes this thrilling and dark, true crime musical.

V

7 & 8 Apr

Written in 1985 and set in Leeds during the miners strike, V is one of the most powerful, profound and haunting long poems of modern times.

At the graveside of his mam and dad he finds the graves covered in graffiti, crude four letter words and he begins to dissemble the situation to simply try and understand.

uncle vanya

23 Apr - 11 May 2019

Tales Retold presents Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov. An abridged version based on Brendan Murray’s adaptation directed by James Stone. When Vanya’s brother-in-law returns to the family home, his new wife becomes an unwitting, destabilising influence. A passionate crescendo of domestic turbulence ensues, plunging the estate into a bitter existential crisis.

getting over everest

28 & 29 Apr

GETTING OVER EVEREST is an original comedy, following Libby’s journey into singledom after she is unexpectedly dumped by her boyfriend of 10 years. A unique female-led production combining monologue storytelling, ensemble, character comedy and the ultimate breakup playlist. 

testament

14 May - 1 Jun 2019

In the beginning God created the heavens and earth and… Max! After a car crash, Max questions what happened to Tess. Answers appear as apparitions of biblical characters, aiding Max in his discovery or tempting him away. His only hope of recovery lies in the hands of his brother Chris.

cuttings

4 - 22 June

YouTuber turned actor Arthur Moses wins an Olivier Award, and goes onto drunkenly deliver the most offensive, outrageous and profanity laden speech in the ceremony’s history.
His publicists have quite a morning ahead of them.
CUTTINGS is a satirical look at fandom, fame and being ‘sorry’ in the 21st Century.

the censor

25 Jun - 13 Jul

Female-led RoundPeg Theatre brings Anthony Neilson’s controversial play to London for the first time in 15 years. A female pornographer comes face to face with a censor – the man whose job it is to determine whether her work can see the light of day.

A tender, graphic exploration into sex, pleasure and taboo.

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