"Cleverly explores the nature of history"
-The Guardian-

"Witty and confident"
-Evening Standard-

"Even better after its West End transfer"
-The Daily Telegraph-

Sorry, Handbagged closed on 02 Aug 2014

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About the show

Indhu Rubasingham has earned her first West End Transfer since joining the Tricycle Theatre as artistic director in 2012, with Moira Buffini’s critically acclaimed Handbagged.

Moira Buffini whose screen writing credits include blockbusters Byzantium, Tamara Drew and the recent film adaptation of Jane Eyre, returns to the theatre to adapt her short play written in 2010 for the Tricycle's Women, Power, Politics season into a full length show, with great success.

The play imagines what went on behind closed doors in the weekly meetings between The Queen and Margaret Thatcher, who notoriously did not always see eye to eye. Buffini hasn’t just given us one power duo but two. The two women are joined on stage by their older counterparts who interject on the action and opinions of their younger selves often denying that things were said at all.

The show features a cast of comedic actors including Stella Gonet as Margaret Thatcher, and Marion Bailey as the Queen, accompanied by younger versions of their characters in the form of Fenella Woolgar as Mags, and Lucy Robinson as Liz. Neet Mohan and Jeff Rawle provide support as a whole host of hilarious characters including Rupert Murdoch and Nancy Reagan.

Covering the whole Thatcher era there is never a dull moment in this theatrical feast that is at once witty, informative and thought provoking.

After a sell out run at The Tricycle the show opened at the Vaudeville theatre this April presented by Eleanor Lloyd and Tricycle theatre productions.

Who Should See It?

Fans of Peter Morgan’s The Audience will relish the opportunity to see the tense relationship between The Queen and Margaret Thatcher explored in more detail.

Please note this show is not aimed at children as they may find the subject matter a little dense.


  • Laurence Olivier Awards 2014: Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre

Playing at

Vaudeville Theatre
The Strand
Seating Plan

Vaudeville Theatre seating plan

Booking period

3rd Apr 2014

22nd Jan 2021

2nd Aug 2014

Running time

2 hours 10 minutes


Recommended for 12+