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.



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.

true colours

19 - 20 May

In a time before social media, when we liked to talk rather than tweet, the 90’s seemed a simpler place. But when work is not enough best friends and work mates Ray and Leon find themselves at life’s crossroads. TRUE COLOURS is a hilarious one-act play we can all relate to.

sexy lamp

26 & 27 May

“And so I figured if McDonald’s can call itself a restaurant, I can call myself an actor”
SEXY LAMP, Show of the Week at VAULT 2019, is a one-woman comedy with songs that follows Katie as she tries to shed some light on the shady acting industry. Katie trained at drama school so she can audition for ground-breaking roles including “dead girlfriend” and “restaurant slut”.


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.


16 & 17 June

When Jude gets arrested for kicking a pram she finds herself being sent to Anger Management classes to avoid a criminal record. This bittersweet comedy about two sister’s unity, takes us on a nostalgic journey of their past and feelings about the future, inviting us to question what defines womanhood.

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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