Handbags, hairspray and sensible shoes.
The monarch - Liz.
Her most powerful subject - Maggie.
One believed there was no such thing as society. The other had vowed to serve it.
Opening the clasp on the antipathy between two giants of the twentieth century, Moira Buffini's play Handbagged was premiered at the Tricycle Theatre, London, in September 2013. It transferred to the Vaudeville Theatre in the West End in April 2014, and toured the UK in 2015.
This edition of the play is published by Faber & Faber.
Also available: an earlier, one-act version of the play, which premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2010 as part of the Women, Power and Politics season.
Note for performers: Margaret Thatcher and the Queen are portrayed as their younger and older selves by two separate actresses each. All other parts are played by two men, one younger and one older.
Cast: 4f 2m (playing various roles)
Amateur rights performance fee: £75 per performance (plus VAT where applicable)
3 Oct 2013Size: 198mm x 129mm£9.99
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