NEWS: Kiln Theatre Announces Revival of Moira Buffini’s Handbagged

Having originally opened at the theatre in 2013 before transferring to the West End’s Vaudeville Theatre in 2014, the play will run at the Kiln Theatre from the 9th September.

Artistic Director of the Kiln Theatre Indhu Rubasingham has confirmed a revival of Moira Buffini’s critically acclaimed play, which will see Marion Bailey as ‘Q’, an Older Queen Elizabeth II and Kate Fahy as ‘T’, an Older Margaret Thatcher reprising their roles. Further casting is yet to be announced.

The monarch. Her most powerful subject. Born six months apart, each had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Talking about the news, Indhu Rubasingham said: “I’m very excited to have the special opportunity to revisit this modern Kiln classic. I first worked with Moira Buffini in 2010 when she wrote a short, satirical piece about Margaret Thatcher as part of my Women, Power and Politics season. One of the first things I did when I became Artistic Director was to commission a full-length version. Looking back now, it’s incredible to think of the journey Handbagged has been on, transferring to the West End, then around the country on a major UK tour and onto New York and Washington. Moira and I were both ‘Thatcher’s children’ and, undoubtedly, whether knowingly or unknowingly, our own journeys, like so many watching the play, have been hugely influenced by these two women. It is a pleasure to share this major revival with a different generation, and to find new resonances in such ridiculous, tumultuous political times. I’m also thrilled that Marion and Kate are returning as Liz and Maggie!”

The creative team behind the production includes: Designer Richard Kent; Lighting Designer Oliver Fenwick; Sound Designer Carolyn Downing and Casting Director Briony Barnett CDG.

Handbagged will play at the Kiln Theatre from the 9th September until the 22nd October.

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