Handbagged (2018)

The monarch and her most powerful subject. One believed there was no such thing as society: the other had vowed to serve it.

Sep 1st to 8th 2018

Written by Moira Buffini

Directed by Helen Withers

Moira Buffini’s witty drama opens the clasp on the antipathy between Mrs Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II by imagining the dialogue at the weekly audience given by HMQ to her Prime Minister.  The play reflects on real historical events and is evenly balanced in terms of the stance taken by each woman on particular occasions, though it could be argued that the monarch has the best lines, and that it offers a good illustration of why Mrs T. inspired hatred and admiration in equal measure !

Press Comment

“Moira Buffini's high-spirited and shrewd piece cleverly explores the nature of history – and what might have gone on behind closed doors”  Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

“Moira Buffini’s funny, insightful and beautifully acted play about Margaret Thatcher’s relationship with the Queen . . . . is a fresh, exciting and intelligent piece of theatre that cries out for your support.”  Tim Walker, in the Daily Telegraph.

CAST:  4 women ( 2 older ; 2 younger ) 2 men ( 1 older; one younger )


If you are interested in finding out more about this production, would like to work on it, or audition for a part, Helen Withers will be holding an Open Reading in the Bar on Sunday 18th March at 7.30p.m. to which all are warmly invited.



Auditions will be held on Sunday 25th March starting at 7.30p.m., and also on Tuesday 27th March at 7.30p.m. .

You are asked to contact Helen beforehand to let her know you will be attending. 

If you would like any further information about this production please contact the Artistic Director via the email address artisticdirector@criteriontheatre.co.uk