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Kiln Theatre presents Handbagged by Moira Buffini
North London's Kiln Theatre presents a fantastic revival of Moira Buffini's critically acclaimed play Handbagged later this year. Following its past success, the production reunites The Queen and the Iron Lady once more for a run of wickedly funny comedy.
What is Handbagged about?
Handbagged pits two iconic female figures in British history against one another—The monarch, Queen Elizabeth II and her most powerful subject, Margaret Thatcher—and imagines what they talked about behind closed doors. The two icons were born six months apart, and while one was destined to rule, the other was elected to lead. Both had a destiny that would change the world. But who truly had the upper hand?
Handbagged awards and acclaim
The original production premiered at London's Tricycle Theatre in October 2013. Following its sell-out success, it won the 2014 Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre. It subsequently transferred to the West End's Vaudeville Theatre for a sell-out four-month run. A UK tour followed in 2015, and performances in Washington and New York in 2019.
While playing to packed houses, Handbagged enjoyed sensational reviews, described by critics as 'Outstanding, witty and confident' (Evening Standard) and 'A Phenomenon' (The Sunday Telegraph).
The Handbagged cast and creative team
Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of Kiln Theatre, directs Moira Buffini's hit comedy. Richard Kent designs the piece, with sound by Carolyn Downing, lighting by Oliver Fenwick, and casting by Briony Barnett.
Marion Bailey (Vera Drake, The Crown) and Kate Fahy (Poirot, Archipelago) reprise their roles as Liz and Maggie, respectively. Marion takes on the part of 'Q', an older Queen Elizabeth II, while Kate plays 'T', an older Margaret Thatcher. Further casting will be announced soon.
Handbagged tickets are on sale now!
The hilarious, critically acclaimed production comes to London's Kiln Theatre for a limited season this autumn, from 9th September to 22nd October 2022. So, what are you waiting for? Book your Handbagged tickets today!
News / Interviews
Interview: Handbagged’s Marion Bailey & Fenella Woolgar
Marion Bailey and Fenella Woolgar are currently starring as the older Queen and younger Margaret Thatcher in the West End transfer of Handbagged. Following its sell-out run at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn, Indhu Rubasingham’s production of Moira Buffini’s new play runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until Saturday 2nd August 2014.
25 May, 2014 | By Andrew Tomlins
News / Reviews
Rave Reviews Continue For West End Transfer Of Handbagged
The ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) Olivier Awards-nominated Handbagged has transferred from a sold out run at the Tricycle last year to the West End where it continues to receive rave reviews!
15 Apr, 2014 | By London Theatre Direct
Handbagged: Two Enduring Icons born Six Months Apart
The Tricycle Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged transfers to the West End – the first West End transfer under Indhu Rubasingham’s tenure as Artistic Director.
6 Feb, 2014 | By London Theatre Direct
Tricycle Theatre’s Critically Acclaimed Handbagged Transfers To The Vaudeville Theatre
It has been announced that the Tricycle Theatre’s critically acclaimed production of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged will transfer to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre from April, marking the Tricycle’s first West End transfer under Indhu Rubasingham’s tenure as Artistic Director
28 Jan, 2014 | By London Theatre Direct