Ever wondered what Her Majesty & Mrs Thatcher discussed during their weekly meetings?
Moira Buffini’s play “Handbagged” speculates on exactly that.
Currently running at the Vaudeville Theatre – we went to see this as part of our recent visit to London.
Using 4 actresses to play a younger and older versions of both women, with 2 supporting actors playing everyone else (including Nancy Reagan), this play takes us on a whistle stop tour of the 1980s as seen through the eyes of the head of state and head of government.
With the older versions of Mrs T and HM providing context, and with a fourth wall that isn’t so much broken as obliterated, the humour moves from tongue-in-cheek asides to biting satire, to moments of bittersweet pathos.
The script places HM as politically to the left of Thatcher, almost providing a conscience, with Denis, Ronald Reagan et al almost as onlookers.
Worth seeing if you’re interested in politics, and remember the events of the 1980s.