Handbagged - Vaudeville Theatre

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Venue Information
Vaudeville Theatre

Vaudeville Theatre
404 Strand

Seating Plan


(5mins) Head out onto the main road Strand. Cross street where possible and go right 100 metres – it’s just after the Adelphi Theatre.


The Vaudeville Theatre is the latest home of the acclaimed Tricycle Theatre production Handbagged, which ran at the Kilburn venue in the later months of 2013. It gives us an imagined insight behind the closed doors of power in 1980s Britain and as a result sees two talented performers – Marion Bailey and Stella Gonet – portray two iconic figures of the 20th century – Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

The concept proved to be a popular one when The Audience ran at the Gielgud Theatre last year, with Helen Mirren portraying the Queen during meetings with many well known Prime Ministers.
With Handbagged, however, the focus is squarely on the two powerful women of the 1980s. Indhu Robasingham directs a show in which we find out who came out on top during these meetings, with humour used along the way to make this enduringly memorable.

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and during this time she met the Queen on numerous occasions. It was a period of big change for the country and an array of well known historical events took place, from the Falklands War to the Miners’ Strikes.

Stella Gonet portrays the Iron Lady and she does so with numerous credits to her name, both on the stage and screen. Audiences might recognise her from the numerous television programmes in which she has appeared, from Holby City (as Jayne Grayson) to The Secret, plus The House Of Eliott in the early 1990s. Those with theatre tickets might also recognise her from The National Theatre production of Hamlet in 1989.

Marion Bailey, meanwhile, plays the Queen and she does so following numerous appearances in the work of Mike Leigh, both on the stage and screen. Her screen work includes Leigh’s films like All Or Nothing and Vera Drake, among others, whilst recent theatrical productions include Leigh’s Grief at the National Theatre in 2011.

Prior to the arrival of Handbagged, the Vaudeville Theatre is home of The Duck House, another political comedy which looks at the recent expenses scandal in Westminster and features Ben Miller in a lead role.

Handbagged runs at the Vaudeville Theatre from Thursday 10th April 2014 (with previews beginning on Thursday 3rd April 2014). 

Show Information
Booking From: Friday, 1st August 2014
Booking Until: Saturday, 2nd August 2014
Running Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Show Status: production_closed
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