Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harling

Trafalgar Entertainment National Tour 2023

In Anthony Banks’s assured production the actors quickly assert themselves as equals to the 1989 celluloid cast.  Rachel Haliburton, The Times

Director Anthony Banks ensures that Harling’s hilarious script sparks and fizzes with a confidence that ensures its tragic moments are keenly felt.  Reviews Hub

While Anthony Banks’s affectionate revival embraces the film, it’s also not afraid to redefine characters and reassess the relationships within Harling’s script. This production and its accomplished cast bring new depths to a modern classic.  The Stage

In small-town Louisiana, Truvy’s beauty salon is a regular rendezvous for six extraordinary women who span the social circles of their local community. Bubbling with sharp, laugh-out-loud humour, the friends quip back and forth over life’s highs and lows until a tragic event leaves them and the whole town reeling.

The strength of female friendship comes alive through fast, funny dialogue and vibrant, endearing characters in this powerful and heart-warming comedy.

Cast  Elizabeth Ayodele, Caroline Harker, Laura Main, Lucy Speed, Harriet Thorpe, Diana Vickers

Set Design  Laura Hopkins

Costume Design  Susan Kulkarni

Lighting  Howard Hudson

Music & Sound  Ben & Max Ringham

Wigs Hair & Make-Up  Richard Mawbey

Casting  Serena Hill

Dialect  Elspeth Morrison

Production Photographer  Pamela Raith

Producers  Dan Brodie & Matt Parritt

Bromley Churchill, Richmond Theatre, Sheffield Lyceum, Guildford Yvonne Arnaud, Bath Theatre Royal, Salford Lowry, Brighton Theatre Royal, Southend Palace, Birmingham Alexandra, High Wycombe Swan, Leicester Curve, Nottingham Royal, Cardiff New Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman, Malvern Theatre, Exeter Northcott, Milton Keynes Theatre, Liverpool Everyman, Glasgow Theatre Royal, Dublin Gaiety, Hull New Theatre, Swindon Wyvern, Dartford Orchard, Leeds Grand, Northampton Royal and Derngate