The Company of Ten will stage Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias at the Abbey Theatre in St Albans to mark International Women's Day.

Set primarily in Truvy's home salon in Chinquapin, Louisiana, the play explores themes of friendship, family, and resilience.

Characters include Truvy, the beautician, newbie Annelle, mother-daughter duo M’Lynn and Shelby, town curmudgeon Louisa "Ouiser", and former first lady Clairee.

Over a span of three years, the drama addresses abuse, health, and faith while highlighting the significance of interpersonal relationships.

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Director Jenny Kilcast said: "The play itself manages to be both heart-warming and heart-breaking - and very funny.

"At its heart it is a play about women and our relationships - with our friends, our families, our mothers, our children, our community, and how they nurture and support us.


"While it is a play about women, it is certainly not just for women. It is a true ensemble piece, and the relationships they have built are wonderful to see both on and off stage.

"I am honestly so excited to share this one with St Albans."

The show will run on Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 at 8pm, Sunday, March 3 at 2.30pm, and Tuesday, March 5 through until Saturday, March 9 at 8pm.