By Moira Buffini
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

Jan 31 – Feb 25, 2018­­


Round House is thrilled to present the American premiere of this Olivier Award-winning, West End hit comedy! The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Helmed by Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the original Tricycle Theatre and West End productions in London, Handbagged is the wickedly funny new comedy that imagines what the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors.

“A very funny portrait of a relationship between monarch and prime minister that clearly wasn’t made in heaven.” – The Guardian


Moira Buffini trained as an actor and taught drama in Holloway prison, London. Her monologue Jordon, written with Anna Reynolds, won the Writers Guild Award for Best Fringe Play 1992 and a Time Out award for her performance. She produced and directed her second play, Blavatsky’s Tower on the London Fringe. Gabriel, written for the Soho Theatre in 1997, won LWT Plays On Stage Award and the Meyer Whitworth Award. Silence, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, was commissioned by the National Theatre Studio and produced by the Birmingham Rep and Plymouth Theatre Royal. In 2001, the RSC produced Loveplay. Dinner was produced at the NT Loft in 2002 and nominated for an Olivier Award for Best Comedy. She has written and directed three short plays for the NT National Headlines series, The Games Room for Soho Theatre, and Domesday Girl for the RSC. Film writing credits include Melissa Malone, Presence, and Gabriel.


Indhu Rubasingham has been the Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre since 2012. Productions as Artistic Director include: Red Velvet (Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award), A Wolf in Snakeskin Shoes, Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Handbagged (Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, West End transfer 2014, UK tour 2015), and Paper Dolls. Indhu also recently directed The Motherf**cker with the Hat (National Theatre). Other selected directing credits include: Women, Power and Politics, Stones in His Pockets, Detaining Justice, The Great Game: Afghanistan, Fabulation and Starstruck (Tricycle); Belong, Disconnect, Free Outgoing, the Evening Standard Award-winning Lift Off, Clubland, The Crutch and Sugar Mummies (Royal Court); Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined (Almeida); Yellowman and Pulitzer Prizewinning Anna in the Tropics (Hampstead Theatre); The Waiting Room (National Theatre); The Ramayana (National Theatre/Birmingham Rep); Secret Rapture and The Misanthrope (Minerva, Chichester), Romeo and Juliet (Festival Theatre, Chichester), Pure Gold (Soho Theatre); The No Boys Cricket Club and Party Girls (Stratford East); Wuthering Heights (Birmingham Rep); Heartbreak House (Watford Palace); Sugar Dollies, Shakuntala (Gate); A River Sutra (Three Mill Island Studios); Rhinoceros (UC Davis, California), and A Doll’s House (Young Vic).


Richard Kent


Jesse Belsky


Carolyn Downing


Melissa Flaim

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