Play’s principals women of steel

By Mark Pritchett in Local People

WELLINGTON Theatre Company – following the success of last year’s production ‘Stepping Out’ – is set to perform the play that inspired the hit 1989 hit movie ‘Steel Magnolias’, starring Dolly Parton, Julia Roberts and Shirley Maclaine.

The setting is small-town Chinquapin, Louisiana, in the 1980s. The Magnolias are a group of women who gather each week at Truvy’s beauty shop – her motto: ‘There’s no such thing as natural beauty’ – for gossip, revelations, and witty Southern banter through clouds of hairspray and over the hum of hairdryers.

Together they undergo all the trials and tribulations life can throw at them with humour and a support and love for each other forged in their shared experiences, all the while revealing a steely inner strength which belies their fragile and pretty exterior face.

‘Steel Magnolias’ is a story that touches on love, loss and enduring friendship. It is being performed at Wellington Arts Centre from April 5-8 (including a Saturday matinee).

Tickets priced £8 are available online from

artscentre; by phone on 0844 997 9000; by post from The WAA box office, PO Box 121, Wellington, TA21 1BW; and in town from Odette’s Tearoom, 27 High Street, Wellington, TA21 8QT.

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