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Enjoy the much loved “Steel Magnolias” at The Gaiety Theatre on Tuesday 18th September starring Mischa Barton and Anne Charleston with a premium seat ticket and programme.
Written by Robert Harling in memory of his beloved sister Susan, the stage play Steel Magnolias is the predecessor to the well-known and much loved 1980’s film. Set in Truvy’s exclusive Beauty Salon in the town of Chinquapin, Louisiana, where all the ladies irrespective of their age, come to have their hair and nails done, it tells a heart-warming tale of love, loss and the enduring bond of friendship.
Full of hilarious, wise-cracking repartée, the characters in this all-female play are witty, intelligent and real. Annelle, who’s not sure if she’s still married, is the eager new assistant to the outspoken Truvy who dispenses shampoo and free advice to the town’s rich curmudgeon and dog-loving Ouiser (‘I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a bad mood for forty years’), eccentric millionaire Miss Clairee and the local socialite M’Lynn, whose pretty daughter Shelby (a diabetic) is about to get married.
Opening on Shelby’s wedding day, the play moves towards tragedy when she risks pregnancy and her life. The sudden realisation of their own mortality has a profound effect on all the women, but also draws on their underlying strength – love – which makes Steel Magnolias a play that is truly touching to behold.
‘Harling has given his women sharp, funny dialogue…The play builds to a conclusion that is deeply moving.’
—The New York Daily News
For more information and national tour dates see www.steelmagnolias.ie