Handbagged Tickets

Handbagged Tickets

Handbagged Tickets
Handbagged Tickets

About Handbagged

Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher go against each other in Moira Buffini’s comedy, Handbagged. Handbagged returns to London with a limited engagement at the Kiln Theatre. Handbagged tickets are available on London Theatre now.

Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II were born within six months of each other. One grew up in the north of England and became the country’s first female Conservative Prime Minister. The other became Queen at 27. They were at the forefront of nationwide and global change. But did they get align?

The Handbagged play shines a light on the weekly meetings held between Thatcher, and Queen Elizabeth II, from 1979 to 1990. On the surface, the pair were all smiles, trying to please one another and save face. But were their pearly white smiles all a facade? Behind closed doors, their opposing points of view meant they came at loggerheads. By the end of Handbagged, you’ll walk away with a new understanding of their personal and political relationships.

After festival performances in 2010, Handbagged premiered as a two-act play at the Tricycle Theatre (now the Kiln Theatre) in 2013, coincidentally the same year Thatcher died. The show later transferred to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre. Handbagged is titled in honour of Thatcher always carrying a handbag with her at all times.

Some of the original Handbagged London cast return for the 2022 revival: Marion Bailey plays an older Queen Elizabeth II, with Kate Fahy reprising the role of an older Margaret Thatcher.

Tickets to Handbagged are available now. Book your Handbagged tickets on London Theatre today.

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

97 Reviews | 16 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 | 30 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


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

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Access Performances
Captioned Performance: 29 September, 7.30pm Audio Described Performance: 20 October, 7.30pm


Unfortunately, tickets for this event are no longer available.

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