Handbagged (London)
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Handbagged (London)

Handbagged (London) London Reviews and Tickets

(11 Ratings)
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Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Funny, Absorbing

About the Show

Moira Buffini's Olivier Award-winning comedy exploring the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

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Show-Score Member Reviews (11)

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88 Reviews | 14 Followers
Great staging, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever

See it if You were a Thatcher fan or foe.

Don't see it if You are interested in neither British politics nor human relationships. Read more

161 Reviews | 28 Followers
Great acting, Funny, Clever

See it if you enjoy satire. A clever appraisal of 80s politics with some great acting/ impressions.

Don't see it if you have no interest in politics whatsoever- though different events are explained in a very accessible and amusing manner.

51 Reviews | 1 Follower
Refreshing, Intelligent, Funny, Entertaining, Clever

See it if you like plays that truly work on stage and not on screen, with witty dialogue and great quips

Don't see it if you think the monarchy has to be taken very seriously

148 Reviews | 24 Followers
Entertaining, Funny, Great acting

See it if you like political humor (with a lot of British history) and really strong acting.

Don't see it if you don't want a show that drags on and gets old after awhile.

42 Reviews | 9 Followers
Funny, Great acting, Entertaining, Ambitious, Clever

See it if you want an entertaining retelling of modern British political history. You’ll love it if you enjoy the Crown.

Don't see it if you don’t like British political comedies.

24 Reviews | 0 Followers
Entertaining, Enchanting, Delightful, Clever, Absorbing

See it if Theatre at its very best simply enchanting

Don't see it if You’re not interested in modern British history

12 Reviews | 0 Followers
Thought-provoking, Great acting, Funny, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You’re interested in modern British historical/politics through comedic lens. You enjoy shows with lo-fi staging - where the acting shines!

Don't see it if are expecting something more serious. Aren’t interested in politics. You want a fast-paced high-octane experience

11 Reviews | 0 Followers
Intelligent, Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing

See it if You want to learn about history. And if you are looking of powerful women lead plays

Don't see it if You are not open to “what if….”

Critic Reviews (8)

The London Evening Standard
September 16th, 2022

"This is a delightful show, more timely than it was ever meant to be."
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The Guardian (UK)
September 15th, 2022

"Beyond the impersonations and jokes, the production speaks aloud its intention to educate a new young generation about Thatcher’s legacy."
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The Telegraph (UK)
September 15th, 2022

"Those coming to terms with the end of an era, and seeking some means to express their devotion too, should queue round the block to see this."
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The Times (UK)
September 16th, 2022

"If Buffini’s satire is full of mischief and gossip, it creates a sympathetic image of a monarch, a unifying figure in an era of profound upheaval...If it’s an unashamedly partisan piece of story-telling, it’s also very funny."
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The Arts Desk
September 17th, 2022

"This revival is a total tonic, a perfect example of how to address a serious subject with a comic impulse. Go along and have your own kind of audience with our late Queen."
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September 16th, 2022

"Far more satirical than serious, 'Handbagged' offers a light-hearted take on the pair's reported feud."
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The Independent (UK)
September 18th, 2022

"Serendipitously, this affectionate, playful tribute to the Queen has returned at just the right moment."
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The Stage (UK)
September 16th, 2022

"Buffini’s script is immensely funny, but the well-researched, subtle characterisation of the leads prevents the hilarity from slipping into caricature."
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