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Vaudeville Theatre

Moira Buffini’s smash-hit comedy Handbagged transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a limited run. Imagining the Queen’s weekly meetings with the Prime-Minister, Handbagged is the riotous look at the interactions between Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher. Locked in a battle of words, Buffini’s play pokes at a prominent question: who really had the upper hand in these gloves-off meetings?

Tricycle Theatre’s smash-hit, sell-out production of Handbagged transfers to London’s Vaudeville Theatre for a wickedly funny West End run. An all-new, critically acclaimed play by Moira Buffini, who received an Olivier nominated for Best New Comedy for her play Dinner, Handbagged throws open the doors to the controversial relationship between two iconic figures in British history, Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth.

Delving into the dark corridors of Buckingham Palace, Handbagged is the riotous, entirely fictional look at the interactions between two of the arguably most powerful women in Britain. Taking place across weekly meetings, the pair engage in a battle of words whilst their older selves reminisce about the events of the time. After all, Liz and Maggie are not a pair to be trifled with! A riveting new play, Handbagged brings to the forefront the most interesting of questions: who had the upper hand behind those closed palace doors?

Handbagged stars Marion Bailey (Him & Her) as Queen Elizabeth and Stella Gonet (Top Girls, Holby City) as Margaret Thatcher. Further cast members include Neet Mohan and Jeff Rawle, with Lucy Robinson as Liz and Fenella Woolgar as Mags. Packed full of punch, Handbagged is based on Moira Buffini’s short play Women, Power & Politics.

Directed by Indhu Rubasingham, Handbagged is the first play under her new tenure of Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre to transfer to the West End. Handbagged also features design by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick and sound design by Carolyn Downing. Opening April 10th for a limited run at the Vaudeville Theatre, don’t miss out on the opportunity to imagine the conversations between two of history’s most prominent women.

Sorry this show closed 02 August 2014, we recommend these similar productions.

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Performance dates:
27 May 2014 - 02 Aug 2014
Running time:
2 hours and 10 minutes.
Age recommendation:
Recommended for 12+
Audience Notes:
Fans of comedy and politics will find this play wholly interesting and also riotously funny. Not suitable for children, Handbagged is recommended for those who will enjoy delving into the darker side of British history.

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Performance date: 17 April 2014
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