By Moira Buffini
Directed by Indhu Rubasingham

Jan 31 – March 3, 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.

Need a little context? Not afraid of a few historical “spoilers”? Get caught up before the show: Handbagged: A Her-Story  takes you on a trip down memory lane, remembering the pivotal moments that shaped the reigns and relationships of Queen Elizabeth II and Margaret Thatcher.

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

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Moira Buffini‘s plays include Oliver Award-winning Handbagged for the Tricycle; Welcome to Thebes, Wonder.land (with Damon Albarn), and Dinner (Olivier nominated) for the National Theatre; Dying for It (adapted from Nikolai Erdman’s the Suicide) for the Almeida; A Vampire Story for National Theatre Connections; Loveplay for the RSC; Silence, (Susan Smith Blackburn Prize), for Birmingham Rep; Gabriel (LWT Plays on Stage and Meyer Whitworth Awards) for the Soho; Blavatsky’s Tower for the Machine Room; Jordan with Anna Reynolds (Writers’ Guild Award) for the Gate. Both Dinner and Handbagged have enjoyed West End transfers. Screenplays include Jane Eyre, directed by Cary Fukanaga; Tamara Drewe directed by Stephen Frears; Byzantium, directed by Neil Jordan. She is co-creator and lead writer of Harlots for Hulu and is currently filming the second season.


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 and Justin Schmitz


Melissa Flaim

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