Steel Magnolias

by Robert Harlingdirected by Zöe Freedman
Thursday 1st – Saturday 3rd February 2018
The Carriageworks Main Stage

Six friends gather in Truvy’s beauty salon to discuss love and friendship, share their hopes and dreams and support each other through the ups and downs of life.

The play (on which the classic 1980s film is based) follows the lives of six strong, individual and interesting women. The story covers Shelby’s decision to have a child despite her diabetes and the impact this has on her mother M’Lynn, Clairee’s friendship with the curmudgeon Ouiser, Annelle’s transformation from a shy, anxious newcomer to revival-tent Christian, and Truvy’s relationships with the men in her life.

This is a moving, powerful and often funny piece of theatre.

Leeds Arts Centre will be performing Steel Magnolias in February 2018. Currently the production is still at the planning stage, but we’ll be putting more information up on this page as soon as we can.

Get involved

Steel Magnolias has now been cast and rehearsals are underway, but we are still looking for a backstage team to help with props, costumes, set construction, technical and stage management. If you would be interested in being involved then please contact us for more information.

Booking tickets

Tickets for Steel Magnolias are not currently on sale, but will be available to purchase through the Carriageworks Box Office nearer to the production dates. Keep an eye on this site, or at, for details of availability.

Other productions

Leeds Arts Centre has performed Steel Magnolias before, in 1993 – more details of that production can be found by following the link to its page in our production archive.