Handbagged is a play by the British playwright Moira Buffini, examining the relationship between Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and Margaret Thatcher. It originated in 2010 as a one act play, with the younger Mrs Thatcher played by Claire Cox and the elder by Stella Gonet, as part of the Tricycle Theatre's Women, Power and Politics festival.
Conversion to full-length production
In 2013, Buffini expanded the play into one of full length. Both Buffini and Indhu Rubasingham, the artistic director at the Tricycle, were nervous about the idea of an extended version, because at the time, another play covering the relationship between Queen Elizabeth and Mrs Thatcher - Peter Morgan's The Audience was about to open. However, Rubasingham was confident that the two plays would be different enough for there not to be a problem.
The extended version premiered in October 2013 at the Tricycle, - Gonet reprised her role as the elder Thatcher, with the younger version played by Fenella Woolgar and the elder and younger versions of Elizabeth II played by Marion Bailey and Clare Holman respectively. The play received positive reviews, with one commentator describing it as 'very funny...if occasionally overstretched', and that the play had a 'buoyant, meta-theatrical playfulness' due to its repeated breaking of the fourth wall.
- Marion Bailey - Q, Older Queen Elizabeth II
- Stella Gonet - T, Older Thatcher
- Neet Mohan - Actor 1 (Various parts, including Neil Kinnock and Nancy Reagan)
- Jeff Rawle - Actor 2 (Various parts, including Dennis Thatcher, Ronald Reagan and Peter Carington, 6th Baron Carrington)
- Lucy Robinson - Liz, Younger Queen
- Fenella Woolgar - Mags, Younger Thatcher
- Katy Brittain - Understudy Q and Liz
- Neil Chinneck - Understudy Actor 1 and Actor 2
- Genevieve Swallow - Understudy T and Mags
- 'Handbagged' programme. Vaudeville Theatre.
- Billington, Michael (2 October 2013). "Handbagged – review". Retrieved 18 May 2014.
- Mitford, Oliver (9 May 2014). "Handbagged Review". Retrieved 18 May 2014.
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