Stellar cast is in full bloom

Cherie Lunghi and Denise Welch in Steel Magnolias at the Nottingham Theatre Royal.
Cherie Lunghi and Denise Welch in Steel Magnolias at the Nottingham Theatre Royal.

A STELLAR cast has been assembled to appear in the touring production of Steel Magnolias when it reaches Nottingham from April 23-28.

Kacey Ainsworth (Annelle), Isla Blair (M’Lynn), Cheryl Campbell (Ouiser), Cherie Lunghi (Clairee), Sadie Pickering (Shelby) and Denise Welch (Truvy) comprise the cast for the national tour of Steel Magnolias, written by Robert Harling and directed by David Gilmore.

Robert Harling wrote the play Steel Magnolias as a form of therapy following the death of his sister from diabetes. The 1989 smash-hit movie adaptation starred Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley Maclaine, Darryl Hannah, Olympia Dukakis, and Julia Roberts.

A heart-warming and bittersweet comedy, Steel Magnolias tells the story of six very special friends bonded together by mutual triumphs and tragedies.

Sharing each other’s strength and loyalty, these remarkable women survive the cycles of life, birth and death to emerge stronger, closer and still laughing. Steel Magnolias is the funniest play ever to make you cry.

Kacey Ainsworth is most recognised for her role as Little Mo in EastEnders but other television credits include Rock & Chips, Midsomer Murders, Tracey Beaker Returns, Hotel Babylon and Where the Heart Is.

Isla Blair’s theatre credits include The History Boys, Stuff Happens, A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum and Noises Off, all for the National Theatre.

Cheryl Campbell has most recently been seen on television as Miriam Turner in Casualty. Cheryl’s other screen credits include The Sarah Jane Adventures, Poirot, Inspector Morse, Appointment With Death and Lewis.

Cherie Lunghi was a contestant in the 2008 series of Strictly Come Dancing, and went on tour with the show in 2009. Cherie’s other screen credits include Lewis, The Old Guys, Casualty 1909, Apparitions, The Verdict and the title in The Manageress.

Sadie Pickering has most recently been on screen as Lottie in the BBC’s Popatron while Denise Welch is a regular presenter on ITV’s Loose Women and earlier this year won Celebrity Big Brother. Denise’s other iconic television roles include Steph Haydock in Waterloo Road, Natalie Horrocks in Coronation Street and Marsha Stubbs in Soldier Soldier.

Tickets cost £11-£27.50 (concessions available). For ticket details, call the box office on 0115 989 5555.