Here Come the Girls
31 Jan 2014Handbagged to make West End debut in the spring...
After receiving excellent reviews Handbagged, by Moira Buffin, will begin a well-deserved run at the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. With previews from 3rd April, opening night will be one week later on the 10th.
Originally written as a short called Women, Power and Politics, the story was deemed strong enough to be extended into a full length production.
Handbagged sees the two most powerful women in Britain at the time, the Queen and then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, butting heads. Although we’ll never know what actually happened and what was said at their weekly meetings, it was rumoured that the two enjoyed a less than warm relationship.
The play imagines the conversations that took place between the two as they are shown at different ages, both young and old. The young Queen known as ‘Liz’ is played by Lucy Robinson (replacing Claire Holman), while her older self, ‘Q’, is played by Marion Bailey. The younger Thatcher is called ‘Mags’ represented by Fenella Woolgar, while the older ‘T’ role is taken by Stella Gonet. There are also two male actors, Neet Mohan and Jeff Rawle, who appear as 17 various and nefarious characters ranging from Kenneth Kaunda to Rupert Murdoch.