With modern-day parallels, ‘Handbagged’ describes a battle of wills between two powerful women who, due to temperament or profession, like to hide their feelings: Margaret Thatcher and the Queen, the monarch and her most powerful subject.  One believed there was no such thing as society, the other had vowed to serve it.  A witty, sharp and delightful play which tests the limits of intolerance and compassion.  The joke is that the Queen, the very embodiment of a hierarchical society, is the empathetic one opposite a Thatcher who is humourless and doctrinaire.

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