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Cheri Lunghi and Denise Welch in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Paul Coltas.

Cheri Lunghi and Denise Welch in Steel Magnolias. Photo by Paul Coltas.

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Last year’s Celebrity Big Brother winner and Loose Women star Denise Welch arrives at the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on Monday evening, playing Truvy in Steel Magnolias.

The new production is on a national tour and is directed by Olivier Award winner David Gilmore, who has directed more than a dozen West End productions, including Daisy Pulls It Off and Lend Me a Tenor.

From the original 1987 play by Robert Harling, Steel Magnolias revolves around six remarkable ladies living in deep south Louisiana. Made into a Hollywood movie starring Julia Roberts and Dolly Parton, the play shows how these friends, bonded by mutual triumphs and tragedies and sharing each other’s strength and loyalty, survive the cycles of life, birth and death.

Starring alongside Denise are Kacey Ainsworth, Isla Blair, Cheryl Campbell, Cherie Lunghi and Sadie Pickering.

n Tickets cost £16 to £28 from the Mayflower Theatre, Southampton on (023) 8071 1811 or go to mayflower.org.uk.

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