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Ended 2 Aug 2014 after 3 months

2014 Olivier Winner

2014 Olivier Winner

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

The Metro

Closed 2 Aug 2014


Triccyle Theatre's "wickedly funny" (Evening Standard)comedy is taking the West End by storm after a hugely successful run in Kilburn in 2013.


Have you ever wondered what happens behind the closed doors at Buckingham Palace, when the Queen takes her weekly audience with the Prime Minister of the Day? What would that audience be like, with a woman who is born only six months after you, and has risen through the ranks of the ruling Conservative Party, the mere daughter of a greengrocer in Grantham?

Handbagged takes on a dark and witty fictionalised look at the interactions of arguably the two most recognised powerful women in Britain over the course of 11 years of weekly meetings at Buckingham Palace. And don't worry, you're not seeing double. As you watch their younger counterparts engage in battle, their older selves float about the action to reminisce on events of the time, adding their own acerbic comments and context to the proceedings. Liz and Maggie aren't to be trifled with - least of all by each other!

With a cheeky wink and a nod to Peter Morgan's play The Audience, Moira Buffini's "irresistibly mischievous" (The Independent) comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What DID the world's most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors?

Additional Information


Previews from: 3 April 2014

Opening night: 10 April 2014

Closing night: 2 August 2014


Suitable for ages 12+

Run time

Two hours and 15 minutes with one interval

Show times



Handbagged at dusk! A wonderful, playful peek into the lives of two formidable women.

For 11 years, Her Majesty the Queen met with her most powerful subject, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, in weekly meetings, the content of which was never divulged, until now. more »

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1 reviews, average rating: (5.0 Stars)

I A Dobson: “Excellent Show, Very Enjoyable”

Very good, well acted, lots of lines to learn phew!!! Enjoyed it very much,... more

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