Marion Bailey and Stella Gonet in Handbagged at the Vaudeville Theatre
The Production Originally Appeared at the Tricycle Theatre From September to November 2013
Handbagged appeared at the Tricycle Theatre late last year and featured Marion Bailey and Stella Gonet as Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher respectively.
Now it has been announced that the Moira Buffini-penned show is to receive a West End transfer in April with Bailey and Gonet reprising their roles at the Vaudeville Theatre alongside fellow returning actors Neet Mohan, Jeff Rawle and Fenella Woolgar, plus newcomer Lucy Robinson.
Handbagged focuses on two of the Nation’s most powerful women – at least during the 1980s – in the forms of Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. In a similar fashion to the Helen Mirren-starring The Audience (which explored the Queen’s relationships with many PMs during her reign), it imagines what happened behind closed doors when the two met. It is directed by Indhu Robasingham.
The production appeared at the Tricycle from September to November 2013 and proved a popular show, meaning it now joins a list of West End transfers that are upcoming in the capital. The Act is set to transfer to Trafalgar Studios 2 this year following its run at the Ovalhouse, replacing The Only Way Is Downton, itself a transfer from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The cast is amongst the highlights of the Vaudeville Theatre’s latest scoop, however, as Handbagged features Marion Bailey and Stella Gonet among the cast members. The former has appeared in a wealth of movies directed by the acclaimed Mike Leigh, including Vera Drake, in addition to various British television series like To Have And To Hold, Poirot, Holby City, Shine On Harvey Moon, Being Human and Case Histories, among others. But Handbagged is not the only stage production on her CV as she also has credits across London including Mike Leigh’s Grief at the National Theatre, Goose Pimples at the Garrick Theatre and Blest Be The Tie at the Royal Court Theatre, plus many others.
The Vaudeville Theatre is currently the home of The Duck House and it is to be replaced by Handbagged from Thursday 10th April 2014 (previews from Thursday 3rd April 2014) to Saturday 2nd August 2014.