The Queen and Maggie Thatcher are Handbagged at Welwyn Garden City theatre

PUBLISHED: 14:50 06 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:50 06 November 2017

Natalie Gordon as Liz and Lorna Thompson as Mags in Handbagged at the Barn Theatre [Picture: John Davies]

Natalie Gordon as Liz and Lorna Thompson as Mags in Handbagged at the Barn Theatre [Picture: John Davies]

John Davies

A sparkling duel of wits between two of the most powerful women Britain has ever known will be played out on a Welwyn Garden City stage.

Handbagged at the Barn TheatreHandbagged at the Barn Theatre

Directed by John Davies, Handbagged opens at the Barn Theatre on Friday, November 17 and runs until Saturday, November 25.

Moira Buffini’s “irresistibly mischievous” 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.

The play cleverly interweaves politics with personality, lacing the exchanges with dry humour.

The gloves are most definitely off as the Monarch meets her most powerful subject.

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 for Handbagged at the Barn Theatre in Handside Lane, WGC, are available for £13.

• To book, visit the Barn Theatre’s website at www.barntheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01707 324300.

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