steel magnolias

9 Aug - 3 Sept 2016 at 7.45pm + Matinees
PLUS Sat Matinees at 2.30pm on 13, 20, 27 Aug & 3 Sept
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

★★★★★ “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.


river in the sky

6 - 24 Aug

Jack and Ellie wanted a family. Then one day, they lost their child and their reality changed forever. Whilst one hides in a caravan, the other visits them and together they tell each other magnificent stories. But will these stories spiral them further into grief or somehow bring them back? 

it’s a playception

8 & 9 Sept

Elise and Sirenna have written a play! They have nabbed a great space! They have secured financial backing! They have written a marketing blurb!

They are still not taken seriously.

A play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play about two women writing a play.

call me fury

17 Sept - 5 Oct

“The fire of fear is the only flame that burns bright.”

CALL ME FURY is about The Salem Witch Trials. Sort of. A feral scream of rage, this play is a commentary about sexual politics and feminism today – set to live folk music.

Like a spell: a good spell.” Lyn Gardner

the house of yes

8-26 Oct

There’s a storm brewing at the Pascal family home. Jackie-O is recovering from a nervous breakdown. Twin brother Marty’s headed home bringing a surprise. Younger brother Anthony only has one thing on his mind. And mother’s self-medicating (again). Let the games begin!
The award-winning Hope Theatre team present a rare revival of this deliciously dark comic-drama about a family living in the shadow of the Kennedy clan.


19 Nov - 7 Dec

Vivian is on the verge of a career defining achievement when a shattering allegation about her famous father, now suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, threatens to be revealed. As the pressure grows around the family, the threads that bind them begin to snap. Is protecting family, more important than the truth?

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