Steel Magnolias

In May we proudly present the comedy-drama by Robert Harling, STEEL MAGNOLIAS.

STEEL MAGNOLIAS is a very funny, often touching and ultimately heart-breaking story about six women who assemble on a weekly basis to primp themselves up, dine on the latest gossip and talk about the men in their lives.

Truvy, a feisty, electric personality owns a beauty shop in Louisiana. It’s from here that the daily comedies and tragedies of her clients is played out. Shelby is a diabetic and getting married to a rich southern hunk of a lawyer. Her mother M’Lynn is bossy, but caring. M’Lynn’s friends include a cast of colourful and dynamic southern women of a multitude of ages and views. Through the views of these different women we see love, apathy, pain, loss, secrecy and a desperate attempt at living a life of happiness. Dreams built and burnt, the power of hope, the love between a mother and her child and the bond that can be so unbreakable between true friends. Their strengths will be sorely tried, their wit often stretched thin and their hearts broken.

A play for all times but especially relevant these days when we live in an era when “nasty woman” is a political rallying cry. The bond between women in Harling’s play is never better.

May 12, 13, 18, 19, 20 at 7:45pm at The Victoria Hall, Hartley Wintney.

Tickets are £16 and include a fish & chips meal. Licensed bar.

Keith Robertson


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend Keith Robertson.

Keith was an enthusiastic supporter of Hartley Arts Group and worked tirelessly behind the scenes to help the running of the society. If you have seen any of Hartley Arts Group’s productions over the years you will have seen Keith either acting or singing, and most frequently – both. He will be greatly missed by us all.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Carole and her family at this time.

Please find below the details of Keith Robertson’s service:

Funeral Service at 2:00pm on Thursday January 5th at Basingstoke Crematorium, Stockbridge Road, North Waltham RG25 2BA, and afterwards in Hartley Wintney (venue TBC).

The family asks that no black funeral wear be worn (as you know, Keith was a colourful character!) and no flowers please. In lieu of flowers, and only if you wish, donations to Saint Michael’s Hospice, Basingstoke are welcome. These can be arranged through Holmes & Family:

If you wish to attend the gathering in Hartley Wintney that day, please contact to let her know you’re coming so she can manage numbers.


Our Christmas Show!

Thank you to everyone who came to see Joking Apart, we greatly appreciate your support. Up next is our very popular Christmas Show – Christmas Collection, which bring all parts of HAG together (HAG, HAG Rocks! and HAG Young Stars) for a festive celebration. Don’t miss this feel-good show. Tickets are just £16 and include a fish & chips meal.  And no booking fee!!.

A collection of performances from all three areas Hartley Arts Group:  Young Stars, HAG Rocks and its traditional theatre group.

Hag Rocks! Choir will be presenting their usual mix of songs old and new, with a seasonal flavour to the second half. Join in with our traditional Carols, and our popular rousing finale. The perfect start to your own celebrations!

Young Stars presents an abridged rhyming version of Snow White.


Play Read Announcement

We’re holding a play read through for our January Murder Mystery production ‘Who Killed the Mad Scientist?’ on Wednesday 21st September, 19:30 Edward Hall (Victoria Hall Complex), Hartley Wintney. Everyone is welcome (members or not).

This fun play has ten lively characters – this could be your opportunity to step onto the stage! Biscuits provided if you needed any incentive to pop down and read through, even if you don’t want a part.

Joking Apart Oct 14, 15, 20, 21, 22

We’re delighted to announce that this October’s production is the brilliant comedy by Alan Ayckbourn – Joking Apart. The play is set in Richard and Anthea’s garden over twelve years on bonfire night, a summer tennis party, boxing day and their daughter Debbie’s 18th birthday. Richard, Anthea and their friends repeatedly gather to relax and compete, both on and off the tennis court, as their private agonies emerge to devastating effect.

We’ll be performing the play at The Victoria Hall on October 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

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