By Moira Buffini

Vaudeville Theatre, London 2014


Tea at four. Handbags at dawn.


★★★★★ ‘Moira Buffini’s sparkling tale of the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher, is even better after its West End transfer…A Phenomenon’
The Sunday Telegraph


The monarch – Liz. Her most powerful subject – Maggie.

Two enduring icons born six months apart. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Handbagged is the ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century, speculating on that most provocative of questions: What did the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors?


WINNER! Olivier Awards 2014


★★★★★ ‘Outstanding‘
Evening Standard

★★★★★ ‘The most insightful political comedy to hit the West End for years. Utter bliss’
Libby Purves, BBC Radio 4 & Theatrecat.com

★★★★★ ‘Brilliant‘
Iain Dale, LBC

★★★★ ‘A clever, mischievous pleasure with the sharp teeth of a kicked corgi’

★★★★ ‘Sensational. Wickedly funny’
The Times

★★★★ ‘Irresistibly mischievous. Sovereign fun’
The Independent

★★★★ ‘This is a hilarious, intelligent treat – a hit at the Tricycle, and well deserving of this West End transfer’
Time Out


Director Indhu Rubasingham
Designer Richard Kent
Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick
Sound Designer Carolyn Downing

Presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Tricycle London Productions

Marion Bailey, Stella Gonet, Neet Mohan, Jeff Rawle, Lucy Robinson, Fenella Woolgar