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 Olivier Award-Winning Comedy Handbagged Set For Newcastle

Newcastle Theatre Royal
Monday 26th – Saturday 31st October 2015.

Direct from the West End, the smash hit comedy Handbagged is set for Newcastle Theatre Royal’s stage from Monday 26th – Saturday 31st October, when the relationship between two of the country’s strongest women is explored.

Handbagged - Susie Blake & Kate Fahy
Handbagged opens the clasp on the relationship between two giants of the 20th Century. The monarch - Liz. Her most powerful subject - Maggie. Two enduring icons born in the same year. One destined to rule, the other elected to lead. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Moira Buffini's celebrated new comedy speculates on that most provocative of questions: What did the world's most powerful women really talk about behind closed palace doors?
Handbagged first premiered at the Tricycle Theatre in 2013 where it enjoyed a sell-out 7 week run, winning the Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre (2014) and nominations for Best New Comedy and Best Ensemble Performance at the WhatsOnStage Awards (2014). The production transferred to the West End on 9 April 2014 where it ran for a strictly limited 17 week season and received an Olivier Award nomination for ‘Best New Comedy’ 2015.

Susie Blake
Susie Blake plays ‘Q’. Her many West End theatre credits include: When We Are Married (Garrick Theatre), Grumpy Old Women Live 2: Chin Up Britain (Novello Theatre and on tour), Madame Morrible in Wicked(Apollo Victoria), Noises Off(National Theatre, Piccadilly Theatre and UK tour); The Shakespeare Revue for the RSC (Barbican, Vaudeville Theatre and UK tour).

Kate Fahy plays ‘T’. Her theatre credits include: After Electra (Tricycle Theatre); The Goat(Almeida/Apollo Theatres); Grace, Goucho(Hampstead Theatre); and two years at the Everyman Theatre, Liverpool. Recent television credits include: The Marriage of Reason and Squalor, The Suspicions of Mr Whicher and film credits include: Archipelago, The Living and the Dead - for which she received best actress and best supporting actress awards.

Emma Handy plays ‘Liz’.  Her theatre credits include: Miss Julie (Chichester Festival), Thursday (Adelaide International Festival), The Boy Who Fell Into a Book(Soho Theatre, London Olympics 2012), Flare Path (Haymarket Theatre), Edward Gant’s Amazing Feats of Loneliness (Headlong),. Television and film includes: Wire in the Blood Series 2-7 and Velvet Goldmine.

Asif Khan plays Actor 1. His theatre credits include: Love, Bombs & Apples, Kabaddi, Kabdaddi, Kabaddi (Arcola); Multitudes (Tricycle); The Nutcracker, The Snow Queen (Unicorn); Queen of the Nile (Hull Truck). Television credits include: The Dumping Ground; Doctors; Dark Matters; Spooks; The Liquid Bomb Plot; Casualty and Going Postal.

Sanchia McCormack plays ‘Mags’. Her theatre credits include: The Broken Heart, Comedy of Errors (Shakespeare’s Globe); Minotaur (Theatre Clwyd/Polka).Television includes: The Tunnell; Doctors; Broadchurch; EastEnders; Big Bad World; Coronation Street; Law and Order.

Richard Teverson plays Actor 2. Theatre credits include: The Winslow Boy (Old Vic), The Doctors Dilemma (National Theatre), Cause Célèbre (Old Vic), After The Dance(National Theatre), The 39 Steps(Criterion Theatre). Television credits include: Downton Abbey, Coalition, Jamaica Inn, The Bletchley Circle, Spies of Warsaw, Dancing On The Edge, Upstairs Downstairs, The Roman Mysteries, Poirot-Five Little Pigs. Film credits include: Brideshead Revisited and Workhorse.

Moira Buffini’s plays include, a musical with Damon Albarn, for the Manchester International Festival and National Theatre, Women, Power And Politics for the Tricycle Theatre, Welcome To Thebes and Dinner for the National Theatre. Her screenplays include Tamara Drewedirected by Stephen Frears, Jane Eyre directed by Cary Fukanaga, and Byzantium directed by Neil Jordan. She recently directed her first short film, Father.

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre, directs. For the company, her work includes Multitudes, The House That Will Not Stand, Red Velvet (Tricycle/ St Ann’s Warehouse New York, Evening Standard Award and Critics’ Circle Award). She also received the Carlton Multi-Cultural Achievement Award for Performing Arts and in 2010 she jointly received the Liberty Human Rights Arts Award for The Great Game: Afghanistan. She was previously Associate Director of the Gate Theatre, Birmingham Rep and the Young Vic.

Designs are by Richard Kent, with lighting design by Oliver Fenwick, and sound design by Carolyn Downing. The production is presented by Eleanor Lloyd Productions, Tricycle London Productions and the Touring Partnership.

Handbagged appears at Newcastle Theatre Royal from Monday 26th – Saturday 31st October 2015. Tickets from £12 (pay 50p less per ticket when you book online).
Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Box Office on 08448 11 21 21, (calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge) or select your own seat and book online at

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