Steel magnolias are blooming in Kings Langley

Steel Magnolias'Publicity Photos'Kings Langley Players
Steel Magnolias'Publicity Photos'Kings Langley Players

ICONIC eighties drama Steel Magnolias sashays onto stage next week when Kings Langley Players’ present their production of this comic but also heart-wrenching story.

The 1989 film which starred Sally Field, Shirley Maclaine, Olympia Dukakis, Dolly Parton, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts was based on Robert Harling’s 1987 play which dealt with the playwright’s own experience of losing his sister.

Set in a small town in America’s Deep South the drama revolves around Truvy’s beauty parlour and tells the story of the close-knit circle of female friends whose lives come together there.

The women meet up regularly to crack jokes and commiserate with each other on the shortcomings of their men folk. They share the good times and the bad with grace and gutsy good humour.

Sharp-witted Truvy is played by Carolyne Bevan, her naïve young assistant Annelle is played by Agnes Vane, Pat Mills takes on the role of grumpy Ouiser, while Liz Dowling is cast as the sweet-toothed Miss Clairee, Barbara Johnson is career woman M’Lynn and Shelby, the most fragile but also the steeliest magnolia of them all, is played by Sophie Dowling.

Completing the female line-up are director Pat Knight and her assistant Rebecca Davey.

Pat said: “It’s a wonderful story.

“It has a true-life feel with six very different people.

“It has so much in it – laughter and tears, and lightening changes of mood.

“I responded immediately to the script, after reading just a few pages I was hooked.”

Kings Langley Players’ production of Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling is on stage at the Community Centre, Kings Langley from Thursday, May 19 to Saturday, May 21, 7.45pm.

Call the box office on 07906 695959 for tickets.