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The Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City - 50th Anniversary Year.

FROM THE BARN THEATRE ARCHIVE

Barn Theatre Club presents

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Handbagged

By Moira Buffini
Directed by John Davies
17th – 25th November 2017

A sparkling duel of wits between the two most powerful women Britain has ever known

Moira Buffini’s ‘irresistibly mischievous’ (The Independent) comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: what did the world’s two most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors?

First performed at the Tricycle Theatre before transferring to the West End, the play is based around the relationship between the Queen and Margaret Thatcher. With Mrs Thatcher’s death occurring while the piece was being created, Buffini was able to give full rein to creating a character whose real-life actions so split the nation. Here we have a Mrs Thatcher who is desperate to be liked and understood by a monarch who not only disagrees with many of her policies but also finds her dull.

Buffini succeeds in blurring timelines by having two actresses playing both parts – a younger Queen and Mrs Thatcher and their older counterparts who look back on that relationship. The conversations and disagreements are supposition – a fact Buffini frequently exploits by having the older characters state ‘I never said that’.

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The play cleverly interweaves politics with personality, lacing the exchanges with dry humour. Buffini plays with the theatrical setting by interspersing dramatic scenes with asides to the audience while two other actors take on the guise of a host of historical figures, often reminding the audience, and fellow cast, who they are.

Tickets

Tickets are now available for just £13. Buy online or from the Box Office.

Meal deal

Take advantage of our £29 meal deal with Terranova Italian Restaurant in Stanborough Park which includes a 2-course, pre-show meal from the set menu with a glass of wine and a ticket for the show. Download the menu

Not available Sundays and Mondays.

Part of the Barn’s 2017-2018 Season.

CAST & CREATIVE TEAM

Directed by
John Davies

CAST

CREATIVE TEAM

Production Manager
Assistant Production Manager
Stage Manager
Rehearsal Prompt
Poster & Program Design

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