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About Handbagged

Following the sold-out 2013 season and subsequent West End and New York runs The Queen and the Iron Lady are reunited once again on the Kiln stage.

The monarch. Her most powerful subject. Born six months apart, each had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Indhu Rubasingham directs Moira Buffini’s wickedly funny hit-comedy that imagines what the world’s most powerful women Margaret Thatcher and Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II, talked about behind closed palace doors.

__Access Performances __

Captioned Performance: 29 September, 7.30pm Relaxed Performance: 19th October, 2.30pm Audio Described Performance: 20 October, 7.30pm

Run time

Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes including an interval

Start date

9th September, 2022

End date

29th October, 2022




11 Reviews

Elliott Westhoff

Elliott Westhoff

42 Reviews | 11 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want an entertaining retelling of modern British political history. You’ll love it if you enjoy the Crown.

Don’t see it if you don’t like British political comedies.

Adam Wildavsky

Adam Wildavsky

96 Reviews | 15 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You were a Thatcher fan or foe.

Don’t see it if You are interested in neither British politics nor human relationships.



161 Reviews | 29 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy satire. A clever appraisal of 80s politics with some great acting/ impressions.

Don’t see it if you have no interest in politics whatsoever- though different events are explained in a very accessible and amusing manner.



4 Reviews | 0 Followers
Clever, Hilarious, Riveting, Relevant

See it if want to see spell-binding theatre. Nothing was over-done nor tiresome and I was laughing throughout. The subtle contextual hints were lovely

Don’t see it if No, you must see it! No matter what your personal political persuasion; you will get something from this play.

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Handbagged cast and creative team

By: Moira Buffini
Director: Indhu Rubasingham
Cast list: Marion Bailey, Kate Fahy, Abigail Cruttenden, Naomi Frederick, Romayne Andrews, Richard Cant
Design: Richard Kent
Lighting: Oliver Fenwick
Sound: Carolyn Downing


Kiln Theatre

269 Kilburn High Road, London, United Kingdom, NW6 7JR


Location: Fringe/Off West End
Railway station: Brondesbury
Bus numbers: 16, 32, 189, 332, 632
Night bus numbers: N16
Car park: Kilburn Market Car Park

More information about Handbagged

Discover what happened between Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II behind closed doors in Handbagged at the Kiln Theatre. Book Handbagged tickets in London on TodayTix.

Margaret Thatcher served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. During her 11-year tenure, the Conservative politician visited Queen Elizabeth II for weekly meetings. They smiled at one another in a considerate way, appeasing the other person. But as the gloves came off and they began to speak freely, who would take charge. Would it be the monarch? Or would the prime minister have the final punch?

Moira Buffini’s zingy political comedy examines the relationship between two of Britain’s most powerful women of all time.

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What to Watch For:

  • Handbagged premiered as a one-act play in 2010 as part of a Tricycle Theatre festival. Three years later, the full play opened at the same venue. Not long after, Handbagged headed to the West End, taking residency at the Vaudeville Theatre, a few hundred metres away from Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace!
  • Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II were born six months apart from each other. Their childhoods were in different worlds though: one grew up in the north of England while the other was on a path to becoming the country’s longest-reigning monarch.
  • Why the name Handbagged? Buffini named her political comedy after Thatcher’s constant handbag carrying.
  • Some of the original Handbagged London cast return for the 2022 revival: Marion Bailey plays an older Queen Elizabeth II, and Kate Fahy plays an older Margaret Thatcher.


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