Marion Bailey, Stella Gonet, Fenella Woolgar, Neet Mohan and Jeff Rawle reprise their original roles, and will be joined by Lucy Robinson to complete the company. Indhu Rubasingham directs, with designs by Richard Kent, lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, and sound design by Carolyn Downing. The play is presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions and Tricycle London Productions.
Special offer to bookers via the Tricycle Theatre website - top price seats at the Tricycle price of £30 for performances until 16 April.
As Handbagged opens in the West End, Rubasingham’s Tricycle production of the multi-award-winning Red Velvet will be running at St Ann’s Warehouse in New York, and in Kilburn the Tricycle Young Company will be performing across the building with the first Tricycle Takeover Festival.
Indhu Rubasingham said today, “It's thrilling to be transferring Moira Buffini's wonderful new play to the Vaudeville Theatre after our sold out run at the Tricycle. Having nurtured it since 2010, this is a fantastic opportunity to continue the Tricycle’s long tradition of bringing new work to the widest possible audience."
The monarch – Liz.
Her most powerful subject – Maggie.
Two enduring icons born six months apart. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?
Handbagged is the ‘wickedly funny’ (Evening Standard) new play that opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century.
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?
‘A CLEVER, MISCHIEVOUS PLEASURE WITH THE SHARP TEETH OF A KICKED CORGI’ Metro
Marion Bailey plays ‘Q’, an older Queen Elizabeth II. Her theatre work includes Blurred Lines (National Theatre), Kind of Alaska (Bristol Old Vic), Grief (National Theatre), Death of a Salesman (West Yorkshire Playhouse), for Shared Experience: Mine, War & Peace, Kindertransport (Hampstead Theatre), The Arab Israeli Cookbook, Dance of Death (Tricycle Theatre), Incomplete and Random Acts of Kindness, Blessed be the Tie, This is a Chair (Royal Court), Cloud Nine (The Old Vic), and Holes In The Skin (Chichester Festival Theatre). For television, her work includes Case Histories, Monday Monday, New Tricks, Persuasion, De-Railed, Cherished, Micawber, Shades, The Thing About Vince, Under the Sun and Shine On Harvey Moon. For film, I’ll Be There, Vera Drake, All or Nothing, Offending Angels, The Family Business, Nasty Neighbours, Psychotherapy, Meantime, Sakharov, Way Upstream, Coppers, and a leading role in the forthcoming film by Mike Leigh, Mr Turner.
Stella Gonet plays ‘T’, an older Margaret Thatcher. Her theatre credits include Women, Power and Politics (Tricycle), Before the Party (Almeida Theatre), Top Girls (Trafalgar Studios), Skylight, Racing Demon and Hamlet (National Theatre), Memory of Water (Vaudeville Theatre) and Three Sisters, Divine Gossip and The Revenger’s Tragedy (Royal Shakespeare Company). She won the RTS Best Actress Award for her role in the BBC drama Trip Trap. Further television appearances include Father Brown, Lewis, Mo, Foyle’s War, The Verdict, The Crow Road, House of Elliott and Where The Heart Is. Her film credits include How I Live Now, Dirty Bomb, Nicholas Nickleby, Stalin and For Queen and Country.
Neet Mohan plays multiple roles including Nancy Reagan/Neil Kinnock/Kenneth Kaunda/Robert Runcie – Archbishop of Canterbury. For theatre his work includes Disconnect (Royal Court), The Fastest Clock in the Universe (Hampstead Theatre and Leicester Curve), England People Very Nice (National Theatre), and Romeo and Juliet and Twelfth Night (Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre). For television his work includes The Academy, Line of Duty, Fresh Meat and Psychoville; and for film, Desert Dancers, Trishna, Magnificent Eleven and All in Good Time.
Jeff Rawle plays multiple roles including Ronald Reagan/Denis Thatcher/Peter Carrington/Geoffrey Howe. For theatre, his work includes Cocktail Sticks, The Power of Yes, Fram, and Noises Off (National Theatre), Pornography (Traverse Theatre), King of Hearts (Out of Joint), Bottle Universe (Bush Theatre) and Way to Heaven (Royal Court). His television credits include 88 Keys; You, Me and Them, An Adventure in Time and Space, Heading Out, A Beautiful Day, Hollyoaks (series regular), Doc Martin (series regular), I Saw Up, Fish and Drop the Dead Donkey (series regular); and for film, Trimming Pablo, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Black Ball, Awayday and Laughterhouse.
Lucy Robinson plays Liz. For theatre her work includes Sweet Bird of Youth, Cause Célèbre (Old Vic), In the Next Room (Theatre Royal Bath), Blithe Spirit (Nottingham Playhouse), Happy Now? (Gate Theatre), The Memory of Water (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton/Yvonne Arnaud Theatre), and Top Girls (Octagon Theatre). For television, her credits include Call the Midwife, Being Human, New Tricks, The IT Crowd, Missing, U Be Dead, Doc Martin, Suburban Shootout, Rescue Me and Cold Feet; and for film, Highway to Dhampus, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Bridget Jones – The Edge of Reason, and The Biographer.
Fenella Woolgar plays Mags, a younger Margaret Thatcher. Her theatre work includes Circle Mirror Transformation, Motortown (Royal Court), Hedda Gabler, The Real Thing (Old Vic), The Veil, Time and the Conways (National Theatre), and Bronte and Passage to India (Shared Experience). For television, her credits include Spies of Warsaw, Case Histories, Silk, Freezing, He Knew He Was Right; and for film, St Trinians, Scoop, Wah Wah, Vera Drake, Stage Beauty and Bright Young Things.
Moira Buffini’s plays include Women, Power & Politics for the Tricycle Theatre, Welcome To Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre, Dying For It (adapted from Nicolai Erdman’s The Suicide) and Marianne Dreams (adapted from Catherine Storr’s book) for the Almeida Theatre, A Vampire Story for NT Connections, Loveplay for the RSC, Silence for Birmingham Rep (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), Gabriel for Soho Theatre (LWT Plays On Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award), Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room, and Jordan with Anna Reynolds for the Gate (Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play). Her screenplays include Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan. She recently directed her first short film, Father.
Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, directs. For the company, her work includes Red Velvet – which transfers to New York in March; Paper Dolls, Women, Power And Politics, Stones In His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation, and Starstruck. Her other theatre work includes Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch, Sugar Mummies (Royal Court), Ruined (Almeida Theatre), Yellowman, Anna In The Tropics (Hampstead Theatre), The Waiting Room (National Theatre), The Ramayana (National Theatre/ Birmingham Rep), and Secret Rapture, The Misanthrope, Romeo and Juliet (Chichester Festival Theatre). In 2012 Rubasingham was awarded the Arts & Culture Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards for ‘astounding achievements in theatre’. She also received the Carlton Multi-Cultural Achievement Award for Performing Arts and in 2010 she jointly received the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for The Great Game: Afghanistan. She was previously Associate Director of the Gate Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Young Vic.