York Theatre Royal, Wiltshire Creative and Oldham Coliseum co-produce Handbagged, a comedy by Moira Buffini.

The play imagines what might have happened at the Queen’s weekly meetings with Margaret Thatcher, so if you like satirical humour then this one’s for you! Exploring the two women’s opposing views of Britain’s role in the world will be particularly interesting, particularly considering our current political climate.

Jo Newman directs this new production of the play which has previously had great success in the West End, including a nomination at the 2015 Olivier Awards for Best Comedy.

It’s interesting this show isn’t a two-woman show, with extra cast who will no doubt add plenty to the plot. Expect Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Gerry Adams and the Duke of Edinburgh making an appearance!

The two stars of the show, however, are played by Susan Penhaligon and Sarah Crowden. Caroline Harker plays a younger version of the Queen and Eve Matheson plays a younger Margaret Thatcher. It certainly seems like quite a complex and clever play with plenty to keep the audience intrigued. It sounds right up my street!

Catch Handbagged at York Theatre Royal from 24th April to 11th May.

Photograph credited to Helen Murray

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