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Gloves off, handbags swinging, it's Liz v Maggie

But when the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?

Moira Buffini’s Olivier award winning comedy, Handbagged, looks behind the closed doors of the palace to speculate what really happened when two of the most powerful women in the world clashed.

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

Director, Gus MacDonald. Gus says: “I’ve found it a real pleasure to direct Handbagged. It's been fascinating for us all - young and old - to explore (or for the slightly older members of the cast, re-visit) the events that occurred during Thatcher’s premiership.

"There’s been a fair bit of reminiscing in the rehearsal room, and a LOT of laughter….”

Don’t miss your chance to see the Queen and Margaret Thatcher in wickedly funny conversation at the Loft Theatre.

Handbagged runs at The Loft Theatre, Victoria Colonnade, Leamington, from Wednesday 21 February to Saturday, 3 March with a performance each evening at 7.30pm except Sunday 25 February when the performance will be at 5pm and there will be no performance on Monday 26. Tickets can be booked online at any time via the Loft website (, by emailing, or by calling 01926 800360 (answer phone service). In addition, the Box Office will be open from 7pm to 8.30pm on Feb 19 and 20 February and on each performance evening.

Under 25s and NUS card holders can purchase tickets for just £6.50 for all performances apart from Saturday 24th February and Saturday 3 March. A discount of 10% for parties of more than 10 is also available on full price tickets for performances on Monday to Friday only.

Photo by Richard Smith Photograhy: Helen Ashbourne as the older Queen Elizabeth, Elpseth Dales as the older Margaret Thatcher, Anne-Marie Greene as the younger Queen Elizabeth and Mary MacDonald as the younger Margaret Thatcher.

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