Handbagged - Reading and Audition Notice

Reading:                          Sunday 10th February, 6.00 pm, Foyer, Hampton Hill Theatre
Audition:                         Sunday 17th February, 6.00 pm, Coward Suite, Hampton Hill Theatre
Performance Dates:     Saturday 18th May – Friday 24th May 2019 (Auditorium)

Handbagged by Moira Buffini
Directed by Ben Clare

Moira Buffini’s Olivier Award-winning 2013 West End play Handbagged takes us back to the 1980s and imagines the drama that takes place at the weekly meetings at the palace between Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher. Both sharp-witted and straight-talking, it’s no surprise that they didn’t always see eye to eye.

The play is wonderfully theatrical and reminds us of an incredible period in British history. It’s a funny and insightful play, which also highlights what it’s like to be a woman in power surrounded by men, featuring fantastic meaty roles.

I’m looking for an essence of these real people in their portrayal rather than a full-on impression, so you don’t need to necessarily look anything like them. We see two versions of each leader at the same time - one younger, one older. There are also 17 supporting characters played by two male actors.

• T - An older Margaret Thatcher (playing age: 50s or 60s)

• Q - An older Queen Elizabeth II (playing age: 50s or 60s)

• Mags - A younger Margaret Thatcher (playing age: 30s or 40s)

• Liz - A younger Queen Elizabeth II (playing age 30s or 40s)

• Actor 1 - Plays: a palace footman, Kenneth Kaunda, Nancy Reagan, Enoch Powell, Michael Shea, Neil Kinnock, Kenneth Clarke, a protester (playing age 30s to 50s)

• Actor 2 - Plays: Denis Thatcher, Peter Carrington, Gerry Adams, Ronald Reagan, Michael Heseltine, Arthur Scargill, Rupert Murdoch, Geoffrey Howe, Prince Philip (playing age 40s to 60s)


We are using the 2013 script published by Faber. If you’d like more information - or for the audition pieces in advance - please do get in touch.

Ben Clare


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