Handbagged @ York Theatre Royal
Two formidable figures – the Queen and Margaret Thatcher - are reunited in Moira Buffini’s comedy Handbagged which is at York Theatre Royal from 24 April to 11 May in a co-production with Wiltshire Creative and Oldham Coliseum.
Handbagged is funny, sharp and mischievous as the play imagines what might have happened at the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher when the latter was Prime Minister. Entertainingly told and packed with satirical humour, the play sees the two women collide as they share their opposing views of Britain’s role in the world.
Jo Newman (Betrayal, Salisbury Playhouse) directs this new production of a play that proved a huge West End hit and was nominated for Best Comedy at the 2015 Olivier Awards.
Susan Penhaligon (The Importance of Being Earnest UK tour, 2018; Bouquet of Barbed Wire and A Fine Romance, ITV) plays Q with Caroline Harker (The Railway Children, Waterloo Station; Blithe Spirit, Brideshead Revisited, York Theatre Royal) as Liz, a younger version of the Queen.
Sarah Crowden (Grantchester, ITV; The Chalk Garden, Chichester Festival Theatre) plays T with Eve Matheson (May to December, BBC; Coram Boy, National Theatre) as Mags, a younger Margaret Thatcher.
Completing the cast are Jahvel Hall (Astro Babies, Ovalhouse Theatre) and Andy Secombe (Killing Eve, BBC; Star Wars) who between them play a range of familiar characters including Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerry Adams, Arthur Scargill and the Duke of Edinburgh.