The romantic comedy play of Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias, will be performed at the Rose Theatre from the 1st of May until the 23rd of 2020. The press night will be on the 6th of May.

Kara Tointon is going to star in Steel Magnolia. She is portraying Shelby, Julia Roberts’ character in the 1989 version of the film, with a cast that remains to be revealed. Her past theater credits involve Twelfth Night; The Man in the White Suit; Absent Friends; Pygmalion; Relatively Speaking, and Gaslight.

The play centers around a beauty parlor in the little town of Louisiana, a regular meeting place for six women from different social circles of their community. The power of female friendship emanates in this compelling and heart-warming comedy through fast, funny dialogs and lively, enthusiastic characters.

Steel Magnolia is based on Robert Harling’s mother and sister. This has ran for over 1000 off-Broadway performances in the ’80s before it was reintroduced for film and tv adaptation.

“I am thrilled that the Rose Theatre is putting on Steel Magnolias, it is based on a true story and I am always excited when actors bring their truth to perform the play.” Robert Harling says.

Anthony Banks will direct the play. He stated ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Robert Harling on this new production and to be reunited with Kara Tointon having had so much fun together on Gaslight. It’s still rare enough to have a stage dominated by one female character let alone have it exclusively populated by six for the whole evening. I’ve loved this play since I was a child. I grew up surrounded by women like this. I like the no-nonsense truths they tell behind closed doors and I can’t wait to bring this show to the Rose.’.


Steel Magnolias
Main Auditorium
Fri 1 May – Sat 23 May
A Rose Original Production
By Robert Harling | Directed by Anthony Banks